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Trump Media & Technology Group is planning a soft launch of its new Truth Social app next month, but that plan could be in jeopardy if the group doesn’t meet licensing requirements within the next 30 days.


According to Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC)Trump’s Truth Social Platform, a non-profit watchdog group centered around ethical technology, allegedly violated the Afero General Public License (AGPLv3) by snagging Mastodon — a self-hosted social networking service.

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After anonymous hackers uncovered a hidden sign-up link on Wednesday evening, people started creating accounts on the trial version of the platform.

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Screenshots from Truth Social showed a lot of resemblance to the Mastodon platform. Mastodon’s official Twitter account also responded to one of those screenshots, saying, “Well that looks familiar.”

According to Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko, Trump’s platform made surface-level changes – such as replacing the Mastodon logo with the Truth Social logo or changing “posts” to “links”.

Users are welcome to reuse Mastodon’s code, but they must follow the AGPLv3 that governs it. Part of that code requires any user to provide all other users with their own source code — a step that the SFC says Trump did not take.

The SFC said in a news release, “When you place any site licensed under AGPLv3 on the Internet, AGPLv3 requires that you (each user) obtain the entire relevant source for the website based on that code. provide an opportunity to do so.” “These early users did not receive that source code, and Trump’s group is currently ignoring their very public requests for it.”

Representatives for Trump have yet to respond to a request for comment about the hacking or the allegation of the SFC. He has not publicly confirmed the reported hack or that he used Mastodon’s code.

TRUTH Social is a new social media platform announced by former United States President Donald Trump. (Photo via Getty Images by Jakob Porzicki/Nurphoto)

Mastodon, on the other hand, said on Thursday it was considering its legal options.

“Whether or not the code has been modified plays no role in the application of the AGPLv3 license, although the deciding factor is whether Truth Social Mastodon publishes its own copy of the source code and makes the modifications required by the license,” Rochko said. Granthshala told television stations. .

The SFC said that after sharing the source code, TruthSocial will be in compliance. But if it is not shared within 30 days, “their rights and permissions in the Software automatically and permanently terminate.”

“This is how the AGPLv3 treatment provision works – no exception – whether you are a real estate mogul, reality television star or even a former POTUS,” the SFC said.

This story was reported from Atlanta.