“TRUTH Social” open to lawsuit – Trump’s social media site copies code

Former President Trump’s technology company (TMTG) is open to a lawsuit for its apparent violation of an AGPLv3 license during the development of its new app, TRUTH Social.

This new social media platform first made headlines over its focus on freedom of speech and separation from “Big Tech”.

But it has since been revealed by those affiliated with the hacker collective group Anonymous, that the site is in violation of the terms of an AGPLv3 license, as it bears a striking resemblance to the software Mastodon.

Mastodon is a software that runs self-hosted social networking sites, which can communicate together as a larger federated social network.

Despite TRUTH Social and TMTG claiming the software as proprietary, the clear resemblance to the open-source software Mastodon raises questions that this is a clear violation of an open-source agreement.

Mastodon author, Eugen Rochko indicated that in order to legally copy Mastodon’s code, it must be credited accordingly. He revealed plans to open a lawsuit against the group, should they fail to comply with the license’s terms.

This wouldn’t be the first time a Trump-owned social media site has failed.

The death of From the Desk of Donald J Trump

Back in May 2021, Trump launched an announcement blog targeted at his supporters.

This came after he was removed from Twitter in wake of the January 6th riots.

In under a month, the blog had been shut down, according to USA Today.

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