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Trump's new social media site appears to be a Mastodon fork reskinned to look like a far right Twitter. (Screencaps via @MikaelThalen@twitter.com)

politics, far right 

I'm dying to know how much they've modded basic Masto for their instance. The thought of tech-deficient Trump die-hards trying to navigate Masto publishing levels amuses me to no end.

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"Its terms also say that 'all source code' of Truth Social is proprietary. That might run afoul of Mastodon’s own license." vice.com/en/article/5dgm5k/tru

Yeah, so, if you moderate or administrate anything on the fediverse, now is a good time to preemptively block truthsocial dot com so that you don't get caught by surprise when/if they launch.

Maybe go ahead and add truth dot social to your blacklist as well, as the Q1 launch of the service may be timed to coincide with the availability of that domain. I certainly wouldn't name my site "Truth Social" unless I thought I could get the shorter domain.

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If I were Eugen, I might be tempted to start shipping updates with some easter eggs for license violators. Like maybe admin DMs turn public after 24 hours on instances that conceal that they're built on Mastodon. You could even spell out those changes in the changelog notes, because you know they're not reading those.

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@lrhodes really tempted to register something like DonnyGrump and troll but I'm not actually experienced or have the time to do it 😕

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@crazypedia I doubt you'd have time. These far right social media startups are all grifts. They invest in just enough labor to get off the ground and look semi-professional, then implode after a few weeks when it's clear that lazy opsec has compromised everyone on the site. Filings for truthDOTsocial, for example, show it employing a grand total of 2 people.

Two.

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@crazypedia Oh, an also, their TOS says they'll remove you for criticizing the service, so I don't think you'd last long.

@grishka Dunno. I suppose that's something a Masto admin could test by attempting to federate with them. Though, if I were an admin, I wouldn't want their IP address anywhere on my logs.

L. Rhodes, heh, easier for me — I don't, and won't, have public feeds in Smithereen.

politics, far right 

@lrhodes are those screenshots from the actual service or just an account some random user created? if the former, something deeply funny about seeing that particular guy have only 10 followers, posting for no one from a secluded island

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@jplebreton The service technically doesn't launch until Q1 next year, but someone tried a few URLs and realized that the login/signup page was already active. AFAIK, the only accounts that have been created so far were people gatecrashing when they realized it was already live.

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@jplebreton it doesn't need content if it's not open yet

@lrhodes

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@jplebreton I don't understand. If this is a masto fork when is it any less secure than any other masto system?

@lrhodes

@lrhodes how do you avoid causing that code from messing up the privacy of someone you don't want to harm who hides whatever it is you set as a trigger?

@dualhammers You don't. Probably, you don't do the thing at all. But it would be tempting, and targeting people who are violating the (already very permissive) software license lowers the odds that good faith actors will get caught in the net.

@lrhodes I just don't see how you target them effectively by altering the codebase

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@lrhodes hey at least it uses free software

the real question here 

@lrhodes Why haven't they used #Pleroma as their fork???

the real question here 

@lrhodes this is a victory of light I tell you!

#Pleroma #Elixir

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