September 30, 2023

Fragments of the computer code used to run Twitter were leaked online, according to a court filing, marking the social media site’s latest disruption since Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of the company late last year. .

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Twitter issued a subpoena on March 24 to the software collaboration platform GitHub, where a user identifying himself as a “freespeech enthusiast” shared excerpts of Twitter’s source code without permission. Twitter’s lawyer said in the documents that the purpose of the subpoena is to identify the person responsible for sharing the code.

The documents were filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

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GitHub complied with Twitter’s request and removed the code the same day, the company confirmed to CNBC. A spokesman said the company publicly Shares all DMCA takedownsWhich happens when material is removed from a website at the request of the copyright holder in the interest of transparency.

Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Musk previously claimed that Twitter would open source the code used to recommend tweets on March 31. He said he expected people to find “silly” issues, and that providing code transparency would be “incredibly embarrassing” at first.

According to a DMCA request shared by GitHub, the company removed “proprietary source code for Twitter’s platform and internal tools”. It is unclear whether the source code used to recommend tweets is part of the leak.

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