Trump's TRUTH Social may be sued over apparent breach of open-source software terms

Former President Donald Trump's new social network appears to have overturned code unrelated to Mastodon, and the open source social network software company may be preparing for a lawsuit.
Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko said that screenshots of the open source code of the TRUTH Social App released after a number of trolls and hackers gained access to the platform prior to the November 2021 release date was an obvious violation of the requirement of the Company showed that customers share the code and provide copies of the general product license to users. Rochko indicated that Mastodon may sue for the alleged violation.
"However, I intend to seek legal counsel on the situation," he told Talking Points' memo on Thursday. "Compliance with our AGPLv3 license is very important to me, because only on this basis will I and other developers be willing to give away years of work free of charge."
Mastodon alluded to the similarity between the TRUTH Social code and his own, with the company tweeting that it "looks familiar."

"Based on the screenshots I saw, it's absolutely Mastodon based," Rochko told Motherboard.
Rochko cited a screenshot of the TRUTH Social error message that was similar to the software's error message. Other screenshots mentioned the company in the website's HTML.
TRUTH Social's Terms of Use state that the website's code is "proprietary," a statement that is contrary to Mastodon's software guidelines. The open source company operates under an AGPLv3 license, which allows the code to be modified and used commercially, as long as developers share all modifications and link them to the software's source code.
Mastodon is software that people use to create their own open source Twitter. Users can take the software and create their own "fork" or a separate network. While some users created their private social networks differently than Twitter or Facebook, the software has also been used by Gab, a right-wing social network, since 2019.
"Mastodon is completely against Gab's project and philosophy, which aims to monetize and disseminate racist content while hiding behind the banner of free speech," Mastodon said in a 2019 statement. "Mastodon continues to advocate one to stand up against hate speech. For example, our new server contract means that we only list servers on that are committed to active moderation against racism, sexism and transphobia. "
Trump announced on Wednesday that he would found TRUTH Social through his new company, Trump Media & Technology Group, to "counter the tyranny of big tech." The company began publishing TRUTH Social and plans to expand into other media companies.
Ever since the former president was removed from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites for his words and actions prior to the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill, Trump has railed against big tech, arguing that the platforms censored him. Trump sued the restoration of his Twitter and Facebook accounts in early October and filed a class action lawsuit over alleged censorship in July.
Representatives from Mastodon and the Trump Media & Technology Group did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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