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TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent
As you may have seen in the news today, Trump's media team has set up their own social network "Truth Social".
What they aren't admitting is it's actually just a Mastodon instance with all the Mastodon branding removed, including all of the messages acknowledging that it is FOSS, as required by the software's free open source licence. This is breaking the terms of the licence, and is essentially stealing the software from the volunteer community which made it.
This kind of behaviour cannot be accepted by anyone who believes in FOSS. Keeping to the requirements of a FOSS licence is fundamental to building software together. If powerful people get away with stealing FOSS, people may be reluctant to build FOSS in the first place.
Hopefully someone will take legal action, but in the meantime we can block these instances in case they try to federate:
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What it is, clubbers. We, your most star kissed rambletastic linernotes.club admins are down with booty shakin, head bobbin, and body rockin of all kinds. We are most definitely not down with reactionary white supremacist thuggery, so have added a #fediblock for both tmediatech.io and truthsocial.com and encourage all groovilicious instances to get hip.
We trust this action will preserve and power up your funktastical fedisperience and thank you for your kind attention to the groove.
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I do know a few right-wing shithead coders, and they're average skilled. They might be 25% of the coding population, maybe more, I don't know anyone in insurance or baby-killing industries. They oughta be capable of making their own software.
So why the fuck are all the nazis so keen on using software mostly used by hippies and anarchists?!
Nazi instances, fuck off!
Shameless plug, I've written a chapter about Mastodon, content moderation, Gab, the Fediverse, and this phenomenon for an upcoming book published by UMD. And here's a video about it, complete with 🎵animation! 🎵
Mastodon's Founder Says Trump's New Social Network Is Just Mastodon
'Truth Social', which will launch officially later in the year, is seemingly using Mastodon's codebase without credit.
Former President Donald Trump’s new social network ’Truth Social’ is seemingly a thinly disguised fork of popular social network codebase Mastodon.
Its terms also say that “all source code” of Truth Social is proprietary. That might run afoul of Mastodon’s own license.
“The main thing is that Mastodon is free software, released under the AGPLv3 license, so anyone can use it—provided they comply with the license. The main part of the license is making the source code and any modifications to it available to the public,” Rochko told Motherboard. With Truth Social saying that its code is proprietary “that would be a problem, as that would indicate a license violation,” Rochko added.
#Mastodon on the front page of Newsweek
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