They Won’t Be Able to Hide What They’ve Been Doing: Twitter Source Code Locked Down After Musk Takeover


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After Elon Musk is said to have purchased the social media giant Twitter, the company locked down its source code on the platform, making it difficult for employees to make any unauthorized changes.

After Elon Musk is said to have purchased the social media giant Twitter, the company locked down its source code on the platform, making it difficult for employees to make any unauthorized changes. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images ; Michael A. McCoy / Getty Images)

 By Jack Davis  April 25, 2022 at 4:28pm

Twitter has taken the unusual step of locking down its source code after its board of directors accepted Elon Musk’s bid to take over the company, according to a new report.

According to Bloomberg, the code lockdown will make it harder for employees — disgruntled or otherwise — to make changes. Bloomberg cited as its source “people familiar with the matter” who were not named.

Any changes to Twitter’s code will require approval from a vice president, Bloomberg reported.

Twitter acted “to keep employees who may be miffed about the deal from ‘going rogue,’” the Bloomberg report said, citing one of its sources.

The action produced a buzz on Twitter.

MORE – For non-techies: It seems that some developers at Twitter wanted to send a message to Elon Musk by uploading this empty software repository.

— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) April 25, 2022

NEW: Twitter’s source code is locked down to make it harder for employees to make unauthorized changes to the platform, US Media reports. Development after Twitter was bought by Elon Musk. Likely part of the transition process. pic.twitter.com/lWxrvuXggQ

— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) April 25, 2022

So many people have no idea why an entire political ideology has an issue with @elonmusk taking over @Twitter. Just wait until Musk releases the source code – you have no idea how much you’ve been manipulated by sources you’ve believed had your best interests at heart.

— Chris Gachko 🇺🇸 (@CGachko) April 25, 2022

Twitter has frozen its code before, usually before major events or to ensure mistakes do not take place.

As noted by Fortune, Musk has publicly kicked around the concept that Twitter should open-source its algorithm.

That would mean that the code Twitter uses to determine how it handles tweets would be open for everyone to see.

🚀💫♥️ Yesss!!! ♥️💫🚀 pic.twitter.com/0T9HzUHuh6

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022

The change would allow everyone to see how computer programs supervise Twitter’s content.

In theory, this would make Twitter’s decisions more transparent.

Will Twitter be better with Elon Musk as its owner?

During a meeting with employees on Monday, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal tried to quell the panic among Twitter’s staff, according to The New York Times.

“He wants Twitter to be a powerful, positive force in the world, just like all of us,” Agrawal said. “He believes Twitter matters.”

Employees were told that there would be no layoffs or other major changes in the next six months until the deal closes, according to the Daily Mail.

Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.

Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.

Jack can be reached at [email protected]

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