Twitter meltdown: Musk's top-secret code goes public

Onur Demirkol
Mar 27, 2023
Updated • Mar 27, 2023

Twitter says that a part of its source code has been leaked online and posted on GitHub. It was immediately taken down after Twitter's request.

A user named "FreeSpeechEnthusiast" shared Twitter's source code on GitHub. After realizing the matter, Twitter took action and asked GitHub to take down the post, which GitHub did without wasting any time. Twitter is now investigating the leaker's information. The cost filing shows that the company asked U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for GitHub to provide necessary data of "FreeSpeechEnthusiast."

"GitHub does not generally comment on decisions to remove content. However, in the interest of transparency, we share every DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] takedown request publicly," a GitHub spokesperson told the BBC.

The filing included a section that Twitter defended the user had infringed copyrights owned by the company. Copyright cases are always taken into serious consideration, and we still don't know if they managed to find the user. However, the filing was made on March 24, which gives a couple of days to the company.

A user got into the Twitter system and leaked its source code; now the company wants to find out who did it!

Twitter is worth less than half of what it was last year

Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion last year, and now the company is even lower than its half, sitting at $20 billion in value. It is the target of criticism of the community after massive layoffs. Elon Musk laid off thousands of people and brought a couple of new features to reach its financial goals, which is over $250 billion. BBC added that he reportedly told his staff that he sees a clear but difficult path to the target valuation.

Musk's "innovations" also didn't satisfy most users as recently Twitter announced that the SMS authentication would only be used by Blue users. Twitter Blue is the monthly paid subscription model that came to life with Musk's acquisition.

In the upcoming months, several apps will hit the online app stores to compete with Twitter, including the co-founder Jack Dorsey's BlueSky. Twitter is facing tough times right now, and soon the competition will be even higher, and Musk's upcoming moves will decide whether they will stay at the top or not. 


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  1. RJ said on March 28, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    My comment was directed at the author of the article, not at you. It was obvious since I quoted part of the article when responding.

    But since you think the leadership is to be blamed for the code leak, I would suggest looking at the motive behind that. It’s called activism. In this case it is criminal.
    We don’t blame the victim of a crime for the actions of the perpetrator, and I am not sure why we are making an exception in this case.

    Is Twitter at the moment perfect? Of course not. It is a transition. It may take some time.
    Is Elon perfect? No certainly not. No human is.
    The trolling/insults/harassment/illegal activities always existed on Twitter and other social media, but now on Twitter, all groups are getting the same treatment. Previously, certain groups were protected and could get away with everything, which is why most of them are upset now.

    And as the twitter files dump analyzed by independent journalists, it was a part of cabal that was assisting gov trampling on basic freedom in modern society, freedom of speech.

  2. John G. said on March 28, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    Twitter is the last step of the sad ladder to disaster and inmorality of the worst hate. I have known a lot of friends that were absolutely worried about bad comments, insults, harassment and treats. Even one friend of mine had to ask for legal mesures and after one year she decided to give up due the anonimity and the use of VPN and other stuff to hide the real IP of the sender. Just so sad.

  3. Mystique said on March 28, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Nobody is celebrating anything.

    I’m not obsessed at all, I am just calling it the way it is. The cold hard facts is that it is in such a bad state at the moment in regards to stability and overall functionality. it has absolutely nothing to do anybody perceived view of free speech. I could care less about the political aspect of one government in particular.

    The leaking of code is not lawful and also destructive to the many people that use it as well as the platform itself.

    What is evident is that there are severe problems at twitter and you’d be lying not only to yourself but everyone else here if you seriously believe that this kind of leadership have nothing to do with it or that these issues were present prior to the acquisition.

    At this point it is musk’s platform so he has to bear the burden of what is occurring and the more people he fires staff then the more the burden will be solely upon him.

  4. RJ said on March 27, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    “He could have did so much better for himself and equally society with that money than twitter. Even on it’s best day it was not worth that much.

    It’s in worse condition than it has ever been. I’m surprised its still running.”

    This obsession with Twitter continues, and it is unhealthy.

    Let it go. You don’t like Musk and what he did, freedom of information and speech. We get it.
    But this is getting out of hand. The tone of the articles almost always hostile to Twitter, and celebrating misfortune and illegal activities like this.
    You are entitled to your personal opinion, but you are using this platform to spread it.
    The code is leaked illegally. Instead of celebrating, how about reporting just the facts?
    I don’t think that is unreasonable to suggest.

  5. Mystique said on March 27, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    Insert comical wah waah waah waaaaaaaah sound effect here.

    No doubt it is dropping in value now and will continue to do so. It’s what happens when an egomaniac has a reflex action.

    He could have did so much better for himself and equally society with that money than twitter. Even on it’s best day it was not worth that much.

    It’s in worse condition than it has ever been. I’m surprised its still running.

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