Donald Trump's new social media 'TRUTH Social' turns out to be in conflict with Mastodon's license

Former US President Donald Trump announced the launch of the new social media ' TRUTH Social ' on October 20, 2020. It turned out that this TRUTH Social was diverted from the source code of the open source SNS 'Mastodon ', and license violations have also been pointed out.

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Mr. Trump has been subject to indefinite account suspension measures from major SNS such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. in the form of being held responsible for the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2020. Mr. Trump expressed his intention to launch his own social media platform in March 2021, and on October 20, he said, 'We will confront the tyranny of Big Tech,' and announced the new social media, TRUTH Social.

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The beta version of TRUTH Social is scheduled to be released in November 2021, but the URL of the service has already been found, and software engineer Mikael Thalen posted on his Twitter TRUTH Social with the user name '@donaldtrump'. The state of creating an account is open to the public.

Mastodon's official Twitter account sent a reply, 'You're familiar with it,' because the TRUTH Social look very similar to that of Mastodon, as revealed in this screenshot.

In addition, another user's analysis of the TRUTH Social account creation page reveals an element that indicates that it is based on Mastodon.

The license of the Mastodon ' GNU Affero General Public License v3.0 (AGPLv3 ) is' adopted it is also free to do commercial use or modification by applying the AGPLv3 to publish the source code of the distribution. However, Mastodon developer Eugen Rochiko points out that TRUTH Social has not released the source code, saying that 'TRUTH Social has violated the license and will be a problem.' ..

'Given my personal opinion about Trump, I can't stand the man,' said Rochiko, expressing discomfort with the TRUTH Social license breach.

in Web Service, Posted by log1o_hf