According to media reports, Twitter has acknowledged that certain portions of its source code were leaked online and posted on GitHub. The company has issued a copyright infringement notice to the GitHub.
In addition, According to The New York Times, Twitter has filed a legal document requesting the US District Court for the Northern District of California to compel GitHub to disclose the identity of the individual who shared the code, along with any other persons who may have downloaded it.
The individual who first posted the source code on GitHub was identified as “FreeSpeechEnthusiast.”
GitHub has since removed the leaked code, although the duration of time for which it was accessible online remains unclear.
Although the account was still active as of Sunday evening, contributions under that particular username could not be accessed.
Records indicated that the information was uploaded at the start of January, with the repository labeled “Public Space“.
The data remained online for over a month before Twitter’s Head of Patents, Julian Moore, issued a copyright infringement complaint to GitHub. Shortly afterward, the data was removed from the platform.
The revelation of Twitter’s source code adds another hurdle for Musk’s Twitter to overcome.
As per a report, technology firms typically treat such code as confidential and avoid sharing it as it may give rivals an unfair advantage or disclose security weaknesses. Musk denied commenting on the leaked code of Twitter.
The CEO of Twitter recently announced that the social media platform would make public all of the code employed in recommending tweets starting from March 31. Musk commented via a tweet: “Twitter will open source all code used to recommend tweets on March 31.”
He added, “Our ‘algorithm’ is overly complex and not fully understood internally. People will discover many silly things, but we’ll patch issues as soon as they’re found!”
Furthermore, Musk revealed that Twitter is working on a streamlined method to present more captivating tweets and that code will also be available to the public.
In his tweet, Musk stated, “Initially, revealing our code will be quite humiliating, but it should facilitate swift enhancement in the quality of recommendations. Above all, we aspire to gain your trust.”