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A portion of Twitter’s source code has been leaked online

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According to a complaint filed by Twitter, part of the social network’s source code has leaked onto the Internet, while the platform has been experiencing a series of operational difficulties for several months.

Some of Twitter’s source code has been leaked on GitHub, a platform that specializes in hosting software projects, by a user named “FreeSpeechEnthusiast”. On Friday, March 24, the platform, which is owned by Microsoft, removed the source code and deleted the leaker’s account, after Twitter submitted a takedown request under Twitter. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Twitter also required GitHub to provide it with information that identifies the leaker, including name, email address, IP address, and other personal information, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in the Northern District of California. In addition, this remedy aims to obtain a series of information about all users who may have downloaded, shared or modified the source code downloaded by the author of the leak.

At present, the nature of the leaked source code and the potential security risks such a leak would pose to Twitter remain unclear.

At the beginning of March, the CEO of Twitter said, Elon Muskto advertisement The platform will release “all code used for tweet recommendations” on March 31. The billionaire said the social network’s algorithm was “very complex and partially misunderstood internally,” but added that such transparency should allow the company to improve the quality of its recommendations and win the trust of users. It’s unclear if the GitHub leak has anything to do with the Twitter algorithm or Elon Musk’s announcement.

Since taking the reins of the social network last year, Elon Musk has taken over Fired more than 75% of the company’s employees, whose workforce decreased from 7,500 to about 1,800 people. The job cuts include senior engineers, teams working on Twitter’s back-end technology, and people with “institutional knowledge.” This situation resulted in serious crashes and platform instability, including a series of major failures.

Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Siladitya Ray

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