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Friday, October 22, 2021

Truth Social ripped off open-source platform Mastodon. The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) says former President Donald Trump's new social network violated a free and open-source software licensing agreement by ripping off decentralized social network Mastodon. The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) has 30 days to comply with the terms of the license before its access is terminated " forcing it to rebuild the platform or face legal action.


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TMTG launched a special purpose acquisition company fundraising effort yesterday with promises to build a sweeping media empire. Its only product so far is a social network called Truth Social that appears strongly to be forked from Mastodon. While anyone can freely reuse Mastodon's code (and groups like right-wing social network Gab have already done so), they still have to comply with the Affero General Public License (or AGPLv3) that governs that code, and its conditions include offering their own source code to all users.

Truth Social doesn't comply with that license and, in fact, refers to its service as "proprietary." Its developers apparently attempted to scrub references that would make the Mastodon connection clear " at one point listing a "sighting" of the Mastodon logo as a bug " but included direct references to Mastodon in the site's underlying HTML alongside obvious visual similarities.


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... The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) has 30 days to comply with the terms of the license ...

It's like the Keystone Kops trying to do social media.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-22 01:56 PM | Reply

Skum and -------.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-22 07:03 PM | Reply

What are people going to realize the Trump is the rich white version of Debo?

I can't wait till the FBI uses a metaphorical brick on his finances and freedom.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-24 11:19 AM | Reply

Everything Donnie Fail touches...dies.

Anyone who is surprised that anything remotely associated with him violated the law is a moron.

Whenever I need cheering up I think to the morning of Jan 20th and vision of princess sparkle pony gently sobbing as she realizes the gravy train has gone off the rails.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-10-25 07:02 AM | Reply

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