Gab, the social network used by accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, taken offline

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Gab, the social network scrutinized following the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, went offline as service providers suspended accounts and threatened to shut the website down.

A message on Gab.com said the website would not be accessible for a period of time as the site shifts to a new hosting provider.  

In a statement, hosting provider GoDaddy confirmed it has given Gab 24 hours to switch providers after claiming the website violated its terms of service.

“GoDaddy investigated and discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people,” read a statement from GoDaddy.

Medium, an online publishing tool, suspended Gab’s account, which was used to release statements including one right after the synagogue attack on Saturday.

In a statement posted on Gab, CEO Andrew Torba said it will fight to stay online in the wake of the Pittsburgh attack.

“We have plenty of options, resources, and support,” said Torba. “We will exercise every possible avenue to keep Gab online and defend free speech and individual liberty for all people.”

The accused Pittsburgh shooter, Robert Bowers, appeared to have an account on Gab where he posted multiple anti-Semitic messages.

“I can’t sit by an watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I’m going in,” read a post on the account right before the shooting.

Gab launched in 2016, and was favored by users involved in the “alt-right” movement following crackdowns by Twitter that took place as the social network said it was getting tougher on hate speech.

Although Gab has rules against calling for acts of violence or making threats, the service has more relaxed rules on what to post, allowing for such content as anti-Semitic rants or conspiracy theories. Earlier this year, Microsoft threatened to pull its hosting service following two anti-Semitic posts on Gab, reported The Verge. Those posts were removed.

PayPal confirmed it suspended its accounts, while payment processor Stripe and hosting provider Joyent shut down Gab accounts. In a statement, Stripe said it can’t comment on individual accounts. Joyent could not be immediately reached for comment.

In a series of tweets, Gab is calling the efforts to shut down its service “corporate censorship.”

“If they can remove Gab.com from the internet, don’t think they can’t do it to you,” said Gab.

https://twitter.com/getongab/status/1056767928677281792

During an interview with NPR, Torba defended the service, saying despite the takedowns, Gab is here to stay.

“The answer to bad speech or hate speech – however you want to define that – is always more speech, and it always will be,” said Torba.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2018/10/29/gab-goes-offline-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting/1804582002/

6 thoughts on “Gab, the social network used by accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, taken offline

  1. “Ban us all you want. Smear us all you want. You can’t stop an idea. … Thank you and remember to speak freely.”
    — Andrew Torba, CEO Gab.com, 10/29/18

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  2. Oh boy, the push to silence us has reached record speed. Must be because truth-tellers are dominating in much of social media. Can’t have that; better put a lid on it. I don’t think I’ve seen a time when the 1st was so at risk. The battle is on.

    Communism is muzzle.

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    1. “truth-tellers are dominating in much of social media”

      Seeing a lot of this
      I sometimes go to different sites ( sorry Henry and Laura )just to read the comments
      And am seeing a slight change from a few years ago
      More are waking up

  3. Here’s the part these censorship folks do not understand and never will–the more these sites censor over stuff like “anti-semitism”, the more “anti-semitism” will occur. Tom Lehrer in the late 50s-and I think he’s Jewish– a piantst, once did a song called”Brotherhood Week” which goes in one verse–
    The Catholics hate the Protestants
    And the Protestants hate the Catholics
    The Hindus hate the Muslims
    And everyone hates the Jews
    Now he was being facetious in the song, but the fact is he’s been right all along–because of usury, banksters theft, Talmudic “master race” crap, killing Christ, etc.
    As long as ADL and others keep on with this “anti-semitism” crap, more Jews will be hurt or hated.
    I still think this was a false flag, though.

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