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Bits of Twitter Source Code Exposed on the Internet, Elon Musk Files Lawsuit to Identify Culprit

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By Oscar Blair - - 5 Mins Read

According to a legal filing in a US court by Twitter, the social media platform's source code partially leaked to the public. In the court filing, Twitter sought to find the culprit who leaked the source code to the public. Since Elon Musk's Twitter takeover, the platform has been having one problem or the other. The most recent one is the source code leakage, which could give expert developers a clue about how to make some manipulations. The source code was leaked on Github, although it wasn't a full-blown leak. 

In the court filing, Twitter had asked Github to remove the leaked source code and help them with some information that would help trace the person behind the leak. A few contents of Twitter source code were posted on the online software development platform earlier this month. But Twitter has asked Github to remove it, as it happened without their permission. 

According to the legal document filed in the US state of California on Sunday, Github complies with Twitter's demands. In addition to GitHub removing the leaked source code from their platform, they would also help Twitter to identify the user who posted the source code. In the subpoena, the user Twitter was trying to identify was named "FreeSpeechEnthusiast." This information was provided by filing with the US District Court of the Northern District of California. The filing also revealed that Twitter argued that posting some part of their source code infringed on their intellectual property rights. 

If GitHub and Twitter identify the person behind the leak, it could lead to a full-blown legal battle between the individual and Elon Musk's Twitter. It would be even harder to win, as the individual obviously infringed on Twitter's intellectual property rights. 

Twitter to Open the Source Code Used to Recommend Tweets 

The leak of Twitter's source code is part of the problems happening in the social media platform since Elon Musk took over. The platform had undergone many drastic changes in the order of the new owner. One of the first things that Elon Musk did immediately when he took over the platform was to sack its former CEO and thousands of Twitter employees. Nearly 7,000 employees were sacked by the company, who were interested in cutting down operational costs. 

Elon Musk Twitter takeover came with its promises too. The billionaire had promised to bring free speech and transparency to the platform. One of his recent promises was that he would be making the source code used to recommend tweets on Twitter open to the public at the end of March. According to the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire, the platform's source code is very complex, and people might find "silly" things while exploring the source code. 


However, it has not been confirmed if the source code Elon Musk will be making public at the end of the month was part of the leaked ones. While announcing making source codes public, Elon Musk said on Twitter, "Providing code transparency will be incredibly embarrassing at first, but it should lead to rapid improvement in recommendation quality. Most importantly, we hope to earn your trust."