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Trump’s Social Media Site Posts Open Source Code Already Available On GitHub To Avoid Being Sued

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 3, 2021 by itnerd

You might recall that Donald Trump was trying to launch a social media site, and ignoring the fact that it was almost immediately pwned by hackers, it used code from a open source code from a social media platform called Mastodon improperly. Which then led to threats of a lawsuit. It now seems Trump and company are now trying to quietly avoid being sued:

To avoid a lawsuit, Donald Trump’s social media site is quietly acknowledging the computer code powering the platform comes from Mastodon. Trump’s “Truth Social” site now features a dedicated section labeled “open source,” which contains a Zip archive to Mastodon’s source code. “Our goal is to support the open source community no matter what your political beliefs are. That’s why the first place we go to find amazing software is the community and not ‘Big Tech,'” the site adds. Truth Social created the section on Nov. 12, two weeks after social networking provider Mastodon threatened to sue Trump’s platform for violating its open-source license. 

Since Mastodon is an open-source software project, anyone can use it for free. But if you do, the software license demands the code and any ensuing modifications to your Mastodon-powered platform be made publicly available, allowing the entire Mastodon community to benefit. (This doesn’t include publishing any user data or disclosing admin access, though.) […] However, it appears the uploaded Zip archive is simply a barebones version of the existing Mastodon source code you can already find on GitHub. The archive itself is only a mere 30MB in size. Nevertheless, Rochko said the Zip archive might “become more interesting” once Truth Social finally launches.

I seriously doubt that it will get more interesting because these humans clearly have no clue what they are doing. One just cannot spin up a social media site out of thin air as that’s something that takes the Facebook’s and Twitter’s of the world years to do. Take my word for it, this site is unlikely to see the light of day. And even if it does, it is likely to be a train wreck next to a dumpster fire.

Trump Announces His Own Social Media Platform…. Which Promptly Gets Pwned By Hackers

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 22, 2021 by itnerd

Donald Trump who has been tossed from pretty much every other social media platform on the planet decided to create his own social media platform:

Former President Donald Trump pitched his new social media platform, Truth Social, as a haven for free speech and a counterweight to the big tech giants that have in recent years put a greater emphasis on moderating content users post to their sites.

But as the platform’s terms of service agreement makes clear, not all speech will be permitted. Specifically, users are prohibited from speaking ill of the platform itself or its leadership.

Announced Wednesday, Truth Social will be part of the Trump Media & Technology Group, which also plans to launch a subscription video service for what it called “non-woke” programming. The company said it plans to begin a beta launch next month with a nationwide rollout early next year.

I guess if you’re such a bad boy that nobody will let you play in their sandbox, you have to build your own sandbox. And I guess because it’s your sandbox, you can create your own rules that protect your thin skin from being harmed.

Here’s where things get funny. Within hours, the website that hosts the sign up page for the site got pwned by hackers:

Mere hours after the world learned of Trump’s social media project, a sign-up link that clearly wasn’t meant to be public was discovered taking users to the domain “tmediatech.io.” A slew of people started registering for the unreleased platform via this page and quickly discovered that pretty much every username was available for the taking. The domain has since been taken down. 

It didn’t take long before usernames that clearly would be Trump’s choice for his own personal handle — @DonaldJTrump@DonaldTrump, and @realDonaldTrump — were registered. The proud new owner of the TRUTH Social username @DonaldJTrump also took the opportunity to bless his profile page with its first post: the “Pig Poop Balls” meme image.

Usernames like @MikePence, Trump’s former VP, and @CodeMonkeyz, the online handle for QAnon figurehead Ron Watkins, were also quickly taken.

Over on Twitter, the company’s CEO and founder Jack Dorsey noticed that the TRUTH Social handle @Jack, which is what Dorsey registered for his username on Twitter, was used by Trump’s group for its promotional photos for the upcoming TRUTH mobile app on the App Store. Trump was permanently banned from Twitter following the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

However, even though the promo used the @Jack handle, the username was not registered on the platform yet either. So, once trolls noticed this, the @Jack handle was scooped up as well and immediately got into banter with one of TRUTH Social’s many Trump accounts about the former president’s ban.

The fun lasted for a few hours before users who had registered for the unreleased platform started to be hit with an on-screen prompt saying “you can no longer use your account.”

Someone with Trump Media & Technology Group noticed what was happening and pulled the plug. The “tmediatech.io” domain is now inaccessible and the registered accounts have seemingly been removed.

Normally, this is the part of this article where I would say what horrible people these hackers are and they should be hunted down by law enforcement. And frankly, they likely should be if I am objective about this. But I find Donald Trump is and all those in his orbit are such unsavory characters. Thus I am fine with this. In fact I find it funny that this was so easy to pull off. Clearly whomever was running this project didn’t have security as a top of mind thing as you have to expect that it would have been a prime target for exactly this sort of thing to happen.

Oh and there’s this part that you might want to be aware of:

One interesting discovery from this whole episode though: Trump’s long-awaited social media platform actually appears to just be a copy of the open-source social media platform Mastodon.

While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with using an open-source platform, it appears Trump’s team may be violating the Mastodon licensing it’s distributed under by removing credits and links in the source code. Mashable has reached out to Mastadon for comment but did not immediately hear back.

#Fail. Clearly there’s a bunch of no-skill amateurs behind this. And apparently, said no-skill amateurs have bigger ambitions:

According to the bizarre Trump Media & Technology Group pitch deck, Trump is also planning on releasing a streaming video service to compete with the likes of Disney and Netflix.

If this social media platform is an indication of what these clowns can do, then there’s zero chance that they will compete with Disney and Netflix.

Trump Ban From Facebook To Last 2 Years Says Facebook

Posted in Commentary with tags , on June 4, 2021 by itnerd

It seems that Facebook is going to keep former President Donald Trump off of their platforms for 2 years. That’s all the way through January 2023 which means that assuming that he stays out of jail, and he behaves himself, he’ll be able to get back onto Facebook in time to take another run at being president:

We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts. Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols. We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.

At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded. We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.

When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.

In what seems to be a related announcement, a new strike system has been announced. That way users can know what actions will be taken depending on the policies that have been violated. I am going to go out on a limb and say Trump is going to be subject to this system.

Facebook’s full responses are available here. It’s worth reading as it seems detailed. But it really doesn’t change my mind about Facebook.

YouTube Has Extended Trump’s Suspension From The Platform….. Twice

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 27, 2021 by itnerd

YouTube on Tuesday said it is extending its suspension of former President Donald Trump, who’s been banned from posting videos to his channel since Jan. 12. Comments on Trump’s videos will also remain disabled indefinitely. Apparently, this is the second time that they have extended his ban:

“In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended,” a YouTube spokesperson confirmed to CNET. “Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.” YouTube first extended Trump’s suspension last week, saying it would reevaluate the situation in a week. The company gave no indication on Tuesday of how long the latest extension would last. 

YouTube has a three-strikes policy when it comes to policing its platform. Three infractions within a 90-day period results in being permanently kicked off the platform. The first strike typically comes with a one-week ban that prohibits the posting of new content. A second strike comes with a two-week ban.

To me, this sounds like Google who owns YouTube are trying to walk some sort of line. Clearly they think that Trump is a bad actor, but they don’t want to punt him from YouTube. So they extend this ban rather than Thanos snapping him out of existence. A bit of a weak response if you ask me. But I guess someone who makes a lot of money thought that this was the correct course of action.

YouTube Suspends Trump’s Channel For At Least 7 Days

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

President Donald Trump’s problems in terms of being tossed off of social media are increasing. The news is out that YouTube has joined other social networks in punting him. This was announced by YouTube via a Tweet:

YouTube has barred new videos from being uploaded to Trump’s channel for at least seven days, citing violations of its policies and “concerns about the ongoing potential for violence.”:

It’s the latest action against Trump after last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Twitter and Facebook have both also suspended or blocked the president’s accounts. YouTube issued “a strike” to Trump’s channel, and said comments would also be disabled indefinitely. The company also said it removed new content posted Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see how quickly this migrates from being a 7 day ban to a permanent ban. Because it’s clear that Trump and his followers won’t moderate their behavior. Which means that everyone has to take their voices away so that they don’t continue to be poison in the political discourse.

BREAKING: Trump Tries And Apparently Fails To Circumvent Twitter Ban

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

This didn’t take long.

Reports are now filtering in that President Donald Trump has tried to circumvent his Twitter ban by using the @POTUS account to air his grievances. But it doesn’t appear to be working because the Tweets keep disappearing. That suggests to me that Twitter is watching this account and nuking anything that appears to come from Trump. So what next? Does he try the @FLOTUS account? Or start using government department Twitter accounts to air his grievances?

This is going to be a long 12 days for Twitter.

BREAKING: Reddit Bans r/donaldtrump Forum For Inciting Violence

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

This isn’t stoping.

Reddit has banned r/donaldtrump for encouraging and glorifying violence after Wednesday’s mob attack on the US Capitol:

Axios reporter Sara Fischer first reported the news, noting that the unofficial pro-Trump forum had been given multiple warnings. A Reddit splash page says the subreddit was “banned due to a violation of Reddit’s rules against inciting violence.” The r/donaldtrump forum had approximately 52,000 members before its ban, according to an Internet Archive snapshot

“Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed,” a Reddit spokesperson tells The Verge. “We have also taken action to ban the community r/donaldtrump given repeated policy violations in recent days regarding the violence at the US Capitol.”

Trump has the nuclear codes and command of the military. But he can’t be on Twitter or Reddit. It pretty much says everything doesn’t it? January 20th can’t come soon enough.

BREAKING: Twitter Suspends Trumps Twitter Account “Permanently”

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

Two days after being suspended for 12 hours if he didn’t delete three Tweets that led to violence on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump is in trouble again with Twitter. But this time it looks like it will be permanent. Twitter has locked his Twitter account and put out these series of Tweets to explain why:

So just like that, Donald Trump and his 88 million or so followers are gone forever from Twitter. And unsurprisingly, his offspring are not happy:

This clown doesn’t get it. Or maybe he does and doesn’t want to admit it. Who knows? But daddy has used his Twitter account for years to spread lies, hate and incite violence. Sooner or later that was going to cross a line and today it has. And as a result Twitter snapped their fingers like Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame and he is gone along with his 88 million followers as if they were Thanos and his army.

Sorry for anyone who hasn’t seen that movie as that was a spoiler.

In any case, am I happy about this? Sure. But here’s the problem with this whole episode. Trump should have been kicked off Twitter years ago. Jack Dorsey who is the CEO of Twitter had ample opportunity to shut this clown down as he’s crossed these lines again and again and they didn’t. And as a result his influence over other humans who subscribe to Trump’s view of the universe grew. And this was happening long before he became president. And when he did become president it became worse as nobody wanted to take him on and introduce him to common decency. But that changed when a mob attacked the Capitol 14 days from the end of his presidency. Then Dorsey and company got the testicles to do something about it. It’s great that Twitter finally did the right thing, but they did an #EpicFail by not doing it sooner.

Now Facebook, and YouTube, will you do the right thing, as late as it might be? The world is watching.

BREAKING: Shopify Shuts Down Trump’s Online Stores

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 7, 2021 by itnerd

The fallout from yesterday’s violence on Capitol Hill that wasn’t incited by President Trump continues. Shopify has apparently shut down all Trump related stores on its platform as per this:

I am trying to find a statement from Shopify on this and at the moment I cannot. But I have confirmed that other media outlets are reporting this. For example The Wall Street Journal has a story behind its paywall on this. So this is yet another blow to Trump that you can file under too little, too late as these stores have funded his hate filled agenda for years and really should have been shut down long before now.

UPDATE: The closest thing to a statement from Shopify is this New York Times story.

BREAKING: Trump Banned From Facebook “Indefinitely”

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 7, 2021 by itnerd

I definitely didn’t have this on my apocalypse bingo card. The Washington Post is reporting that Facebook has banned President Donald Trump from its platform “indefinitely”. Though a statement from CEO Mark Zuckerberg nuances that:

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” he wrote. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.

I am sorry, but much like the temporary Twitter ban from yesterday, this is too little too late. Trump has used social media to spread hate, racism, and disinformation for years. Social media platforms could have dealt with this clown years ago. But it took a massive act of violence before they did anything about him. That’s a #Fail. And this ban by Facebook isn’t really a ban that lasts “indefinitely”. It’s a two week ban. That’s not good enough and Facebook needs to do better.