Trump's Truth Social App Is Just a Ripped Off Open-Source Platform Mastodon

Trump's Truth Social App Is Just a Ripped Off Open-Source Platform Mastodon
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Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) announced its first and only product called Truth Social app which sounds like a made-for-trump or there-for-truth social media network that aims at the freedom of speech.

However, a new finding tells that this network itself is ripped off from an open-source social media platform "Mastodon" which requires the users and developers to clearly give credits while using any of their code and also, they ask everyone who uses their code or customizes it in any way have to publish the code and give proper credit.

While Trump's social media app Truth Social is entirely based on this open-source software and does not comply with its license (AGPLv3).

It is the same as, you started a social media network by installing Mastodon and then remove the credit and say "Hey, we built the next social media network here!" that's what Donald Trump is doing with his Truth Social app.

A childish behavior or Trump really doesn't know about coding and all the tech stuff.

There's an organization called SFC that enforces free and open-source software licenses and Truth Social doesn't comply with their policies too.

Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko also said yesterday that he intended to seek legal counsel about the situation, although he didn’t discuss a specific course of action and said to Talking Points Memo that:

“Compliance with our AGPLv3 license is very important to me as that is the sole basis upon which I and other developers are willing to give away years of work for free,”.

This comes out that Trump's so-called True-app is based on a false announcement and stolen code.



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