Twitter has confirmed that some parts of its source code, which is the fundamental computer code used to run the social network, were leaked online. The news was revealed in a legal filing on Sunday that was first reported by The New York Times.
Twitter stated in the legal document that it had requested GitHub, an internet hosting service for software development, to remove the code from where it had been posted. GitHub complied with the request and disabled the content. Twitter has also requested that the court identifies the alleged infringer or infringers who posted its source code on GitHub’s systems without its authorization.
Twitter, which is based in San Francisco, has noted that the leak infringes on its copyright.
The leak of Twitter’s source code comes at a time when the company is facing several challenges, following billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of the company for $44 billion last October. Since then, Twitter has been in turmoil, with major layoffs and advertisers leaving.
Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission is investigating Musk’s mass layoffs at Twitter and is attempting to access his internal communications as part of ongoing oversight into the social media company’s privacy and cybersecurity practices, according to documents described in a congressional report.
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