Twitter is in crisis mode, and has been for a while, but the latest crisis involves working to contain the leak of the platform’s source code, which could devalue the app. It was reported this week that the source code was posted on GitHub, presumably by a “disgruntled former employee”, but definitely by a user of the name “FreeSpeechEnthusiast”.
Since then, Elon Musk has been pushing to unmask the leaker, which the Californian court granted permission for this week.
As per Bloomberg: “GitHub must provide personal identifying information associated with the account FreeSpeechEnthusiast by April 3, according to the order signed by a court clerk on Tuesday. Github didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.”
However, it isn’t as simple as Musk might want. Someone working close enough to the source code to copy and steal elements of it is not likely to be found easily.
As SocialMediaToday put it: “You would assume that anyone leaking such info to GitHub would have a pretty good working knowledge of how the system functions, and they’ve likely hidden their digital footprints pretty well as a result. But still, Twitter will be pushing to unmask the culprit, as it moves into damage control to mitigate risks associated with the info leak.”