Twitter’s Core Code Exposed: Unraveling the Latest Social Media Crisis

Twitter’s Core Code Exposed: Unraveling the Latest Social Media Crisis

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In this article, we’ll delve into the recent leak of Twitter’s source code, its potential impact on the platform, and the challenges faced by Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk.


Key Takeaways:

  • Parts of Twitter’s source code were leaked online
  • Twitter filed a legal document with the U.S. District Court, seeking action against the alleged infringers
  • GitHub complied with Twitter’s request to remove the leaked code
  • The incident adds to the challenges faced by Elon Musk since his acquisition of Twitter
  • The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Musk’s mass layoffs at Twitter

Source Code Leak: Twitter’s Latest Setback

Parts of the essential computer code that powers Twitter were leaked online, according to a legal filing by the social media company on Sunday, which was first reported by The New York Times. 

The document, filed with the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, stated that Twitter had requested GitHub, an online platform for software development, to remove the leaked code. GitHub complied and confirmed that the content had been disabled.

Legal Action and the Search for Infringers

In its legal filing, Twitter also requested the court to identify the alleged perpetrator(s) who uploaded the company’s source code on GitHub’s systems without authorization. 

The San Francisco-based social media giant claimed copyright infringement in the filing.

Musk’s Troubles Multiply with Source Code Leak

Elon Musk, a billionaire who bought Twitter for $44 billion in October last year and made it a private company, is facing more problems. 

There has been a leak of information, which is just one more issue added to the list. 

Twitter has been struggling since it was acquired, with lots of employees losing their jobs and many advertisers leaving the platform.

Federal Trade Commission Investigates Twitter’s Layoffs and Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently investigating Musk’s mass layoffs at Twitter and is attempting to obtain his internal communications. 

This scrutiny is part of the FTC’s ongoing oversight into the social media company’s privacy and cybersecurity practices, as described in a congressional report.

Concerns Over Hacking and User Security

According to anonymous sources within Twitter cited by the New York Times, the company’s executives fear that the leaked source code may enable future hacking efforts or allow bad actors to access Twitter user data. 

This incident raises concerns for advertisers and users alike, as the platform has already been grappling with scammers and controversial groups since Musk’s takeover.


The leak of Twitter’s source code represents yet another hurdle for Elon Musk and the social media platform. 

As Twitter grapples with internal chaos and external scrutiny, the company must work diligently to rebuild trust with its users and advertisers while ensuring the security and privacy of its platform.


Written by

Alexander Sterling

Alexander Sterling

Alexander Sterling is a renowned financial writer with over 10 years in the finance sector. With a strong economics background, he simplifies complex financial topics for a wide audience. Alexander contributes to top financial platforms and is working on his first book to promote financial independence.

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