NEWS ALERT: Twitter Says Parts of Its Source Code Were Leaked Online

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Parts of Twitter’s source code, the underlying computer code on which the social network runs, were leaked online, according to a legal filing, a rare and major exposure of intellectual property as the company struggles to reduce technical issues and reverse its business fortunes under Elon Musk.

Twitter moved on Friday to have the leaked code taken down by sending a copyright infringement notice to GitHub, an online collaboration platform for software developers where the code was posted, according to the filing. GitHub complied and took down the code that day. It was unclear how long the leaked code had been online, but it appeared to have been public for at least several months.

Twitter also asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to order GitHub to identify the person who shared the code and any other individuals who downloaded it, according to the filing.

The report notes that about 75% of Twitter’s 7,500 either resigned or were laid off after Elon Musk bought the company in October for $44 billion.

After investigating the source code leak, which was just recently discovered, Twitter executives have reportedly come to the conclusion that whoever is responsible was among those who left the company last year.

Musk reportedly told employees in an email on Friday that Twitter is now worth about $20 billion, over half of what he paid for the company.  However, he added that he believes Twitter will one day be worth $250 billion.

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