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.
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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