Free speech social media site Gab.ai today announced that their new hosting provider pulled their hosting service via twitter. This comes after PayPal also pulled Gab’s account. In both incidences, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter who had a page on the platform seems to be the bone of contention. Gab is being widely accused of enabling the shooting.
PayPal did not provide an explanation to Gab for its decision. Bowers posted anti-Semitic and anti-Trump rhetoric on Gab shortly before he entered the Tree of Life Synagogue, including his ominous final one: “Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
Gab has since removed Bowers’s account and information to the FBI and Dept. of Justice. Its owner, Andrew Torba, has issued a full statement on the matter. Torba’s statement however was not enough for Joyent as they sent it a warning message that because of an unspecified “breach of the Joyent Terms of Service,” it will be pulling the plug on Gab on Monday morning. Gab.ai have till 9:am on Monday morning to find a solution.
Gab has become a haven for users who have been either banned from more mainstream social media, or those simply unhappy with their content-control rules. A few months a go after the infamous Twitter purge, thousands of Kenyan Netizens flocked the twitter like site in solidarity with one Cyprian Nyakundi. They have since left the platform with a majority of users not relating to it’s extremities in free speech.
Gab’s overarching message is that all speech is free speech and has to be protected. The site makes a point of allowing anybody to say anything, insofar as possible. It still has rules, as it points out in its post-shooting statement however, and “disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence.”
However, Gab’s problems seem to be far from over as payment processing platform Stripe became the next to disavow Gab. In its letter to the besieged network, it accused Gab of not doing enough to ensure its rules were being observed. It disabled the social network’s account until Stripe’s own investigation into the issue is concluded, “likely within one week.”