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It's been nearly a year since former President Donald Trump's infamous Twitter account was banned for inciting a deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol.
The ban led Trump and his allies to further lament they were being "silenced" by Big Tech. Sure to follow, Trump's supporters soon began fleeing to conservative social media alternatives like Parler and Gab, which tout reduced moderation. Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller founded "GETTR," and used his affiliation with Trump to promote it. Trump, however, didn't sign up, promising his own social network would arrive soon.
Trump announced that outlet this past week: the ironically named TRUTH Social.
The announcement said that the site would be in beta testing before a limited release, followed by a wider release in early 2022. But it was only a matter of hours before internet sleuths uncovered a test version of the site, hacking Trump's official account and taking popular usernames like @donaldtrump and @mikepence.
That isn't the last of the already embattled site's problems, the rollout may lead to yet another lawsuit for Trump.
After hackers released screenshots of TRUTH Social's open source code, Eugen Rochko—founder of the Mastodon social media software company—said the site appeared to violate its requirement that Mastodon's general code be shared with users.
Rochko told Talking Points Memo:
"I do intend to seek legal counsel on the situation, though. 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."
Mastodon's official account had already called out the code for looking "familiar" to his.
People weren't surprised to see Trump's new site already potentially facing legal trouble.
That was quick. Off to court or dump the software before it starts. Violating TOS by TFG. Surprise. Surprise. Surpr… https://t.co/UrGl2YucbG— Russ Fraley (@Russ Fraley) 1634840092.0
Just another lawsuit because some folks don’t believe in following any rules. https://t.co/PJdGreUrjE— Paul E Cooley (@Paul E Cooley) 1634934724.0
Now when has Trump ever stollen anything? 🤦♂️😂 Here comes another lawsuit. Donald Trump Accused of Ripping Code F… https://t.co/DK2c7YNbrb— Fin FoxGuy - 3.8 billion vaccinations worldwide 💉 (@Fin FoxGuy - 3.8 billion vaccinations worldwide 💉) 1634922910.0
Yet another lawsuit waiting to happen. Donald Trump launches own social media app and news company https://t.co/SfhGwW9MlT— @D_twiton (@@D_twiton) 1634891429.0
Regardless, the reception for the new app has been chilly at best.
Oh look..another Trump scam. #moron #liar #Traitor https://t.co/H3kYt1xRju— Walking Ged (@Walking Ged) 1634868355.0
Trump has been given 30 days to comply with Mastodon's terms of service.