Gab.ai, designed as a free-speech alternative to Twitter, is proof that advocating for free speech elicits outrage from the left. Since its founding, liberals have tried to shut it down.
Tech companies, payment processors and others have worked to prevent Gab from operating. Google removed Gab from its app store. Tech infrastructure companies including GoDaddy, and financial platforms PayPal, Stripe, Medium, credit card companies and Coinbase also dumped Gab after a massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The alleged shooter had posted anti-Semitic rants on the platform.
In 2018, Gab founder and CEO Andrew Torba wrote, “We are the most censored, smeared, and no-platformed startup in history, which means we are a threat to the media and to the Silicon Valley Oligarchy.”
Torba, who calls himself a conservative, Christian and Republican, created Gab in 2016 to be a “free speech social network.” Although he didn’t design it to be an alt-right or far-right network, many people with those views turned to Gab after being blocked or banned by what Torba called the “iron fist of censorship.” While welcoming all speech in accordance with the First Amendment, Gab does impose limits. It bans threats of terror, violence, pornography, child pornography and doxxing.
Contact Gab: (650) 477-5525 or mail 700 N. State St., Clarks Summit, PA, 18411.