The platform has been criticized for hosting hate-filled, violent speech, for which it has been — like Parler — ostracized from most Big Tech companies that serve as front doors to the internet. Because of that, Gab has had some difficulty keeping its platform working smoothly during the recent influx of traffic.
Gab, founded in 2016, coins itself as the “free speech social network” with a mission to “defend, protect and preserve free speech online for all people,” according to its website description.
Gab also has a pro-subscription tier, a merchandise shop and its own web browser extension “Dissenter” that creates it owns commenting system.
“We believe that the future of online publishing is decentralized and open,” the platform’s site reads. “We believe that users of social networks should be able to control their social media experience on their own terms, rather than the terms set down by Big Tech.”
Why is it controversial?
One exception: Gab blocks posts that involve “illegal activity, threats of violence, doxxing, pornography, child exploitation and spam,” which, Gab claims, it takes action to “prevent and remove.”
The controversial messaging app is also home to some prominent conservative voices such as Richard Spencer and Alex Jones, some of who’ve been banned off more mainstream social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Why it’s banned?
Who owns Gab?
“Every major communication outlet, every major social network, is run, owned, controlled and operated by progressive leaders, progressive workers in Silicon Valley,” he told The Post.
What’s next for Gab?
Gab is now facing a call from the Anti-Defamation League for a criminal investigation to determine whether the platform “intentionally aided, conspired with or directed” those who attacked the Capitol on January 6.
The ADL also cited posts of Torba telling users “heading to DC” to “record footage in landscape mode while filming” and “document as much as you can.” It further cites Torba’s post on the day of the attack, in which he says, “in a system with rigged elections there are no longer any viable political solutions.”
In response, Gab called for an investigation into Facebook, where protests were organized. The company also said it put an “immediate stop to a series of newly created accounts that were making threats of violence aimed at public officials.”
Gab claims the ADL is targeting it because, unlike Parler, Gab remains up and running. In a statement to CNN, Torba said hate speech “isn’t real” and is protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
“The ADL has NO POWER over Gab which is why they hate us,” Torba said. “We will never bend to their demands and we will never censor legal, 1A-protected speech that hurts the ADL’s feelings. Ever. Jesus is King.”