Even before its launch, Trump was forced to shut down access to his social network Truth Social . Internet users managed to register in his name and published a shower of insults as well as the same distasteful tweet » Pig Poop Balls » dating from 2011.
What do we do when we can no longer access social networks? We throw his! After being banned from Twitter , Facebook and YouTube , Donald Trump announced his own site on Wednesday. Dubbed « Social Truth », it is part of a new Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) created to fight the » liberal media consortium » and » resist the tyranny of the web giants . »
In a few hours, Internet users, some of whom claim to be part of the Anonymous movement , had already discovered the address of the site when it was not yet officially launched. They then succeeded in creating accounts in the names of the former US president and several other personalities such as Steve Bannon (his former adviser), Mike Pence (his former vice-president), Ron Watkins (member of QAnon) or even the P .-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey .
Troll festival and licensing issues
These fake accounts were then used to troll personalities and the site, between insults, conspiracy theories and images of a pig defecating on his testicles . The administrators first closed the creation of new accounts before having to disconnect the entire platform.
Others immediately realized that the site was a modified version of Mastodon, free software . The AGPLv3 license requires anyone who uses it to share their code and clearly display the license on the site. Of course, this was not done with Truth Social. The creator of Mastodon, Eugen Rochko, told the Talking Points Memo site that he plans to find out about possible legal remedies. As expected, Trump’s site is off to a rocky start even before its launch …