Twitter Source Code Leaked Online, Prompting Lawsuit to Identify Leaker

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by Tom Ozimek at

Parts of Twitter’s source code have been leaked and the social media platform owned by billionaire Elon Musk is seeking information on the person responsible, according to legal filings.

The March 24 document filed with the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, indicates that “various excerpts” of Twitter’s source code, which is used to run the company online, were posted on Github by a user named “FreeSpeechEnthusiast.”

Twitter said the leak included the “[p]roprietary source code for Twitter’s platform and internal tools.”

Github, which is a Microsoft-owned platform for sharing code for software development, said that it had taken down the code at Twitter’s request.

Twitter has asked for a subpoena to force Github to disclose who was behind the leak.

The Epoch Times reached out to Github and Twitter for comment.

“GitHub does not generally comment on decisions to remove content,” a Github spokesperson told The Epoch Times. “However, in the interest of transparency, we share every DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] takedown request publicly,” the spokesperson added while providing a link to the request.

The DMCA is a law dating back to 1998 that is aimed at protecting copyrighted material on the internet.


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