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I am not a lawyer, Constitutional or otherwise, but it has come to my attention that the Gab social media site has been very effectively suppressed out of existence in the wake of the Tree of Life shootings. They have this to say at their home page:
Gab has spent the past 48 hours proudly working with the DOJ and FBI to bring justice to an alleged terrorist. Because of the data we provided, they now have plenty of evidence for their case. In the midst of this Gab has been no-platformed by essential internet infrastructure providers at every level. 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.
Gab isn’t going anywhere.
It doesn’t matter what you write. It doesn’t matter what the sophist talking heads say on TV. It doesn’t matter what verified nobodies say on Twitter. We have plenty of options, resources, and support. We will exercise every possible avenue to keep Gab online and defend free speech and individual liberty for all people.
You have all just made Gab a nationally recognized brand as the home of free speech online at a time when Silicon Valley is stifling political speech they disagree with to interfere in a US election.
The internet is not reality. TV is not reality. 80% of normal everyday people agree with Gab and support free expression and liberty. The online outrage mob and mainstream media spin machine are the minority opinion. People are waking up, so please keep pointing the finger at a social network instead of pointing the finger at the alleged shooter who holds sole responsibility for his actions.
No-platform us all you want. Ban us all you want. Smear us all you want.
You can’t stop an idea.
As we transition to a new hosting provider Gab will be inaccessible for a period of time. We are working around the clock to get Gab.com back online. Thank you and remember to speak freely.
Andrew Torba, CEO Gab.com
As an Internetizen with an interest in developments in the social media arena, I have an account and have paid occasional visits to Gab over the last year or so. Yes there are or were (TBD) some pretty despicable folks on Gab, as there are on Facebook and Twitter and the rest. Like the rest, Gab offers tools to block the maggots to suit yourself. Gab was finally approaching a critical mass where decent users could find enough polite or nearly polite conversation to make the site attractive. It will never be the curated treasure trove that Ricochet is under Gab’s current rules, but Ricochet has not achieved critical mass on many areas and topics, either. And the marketplace is about options.
So far I have only seen the above post, I do not yet know what providers are refusing Gab service and what their reason is for doing so. I also know that the US view on free speech is very radical compared to the rest of the planet, and that the Internet’s jurisdictions and sovereignty issues are still getting sorted. But that radicalism is perhaps our greatest example to the world.
Many years ago I hosted a visiting West German policeman for a few hours, and his biggest cultural issue was our Sunday morning talking heads shows. These people were saying vile and contemptible things! How could this be permitted. My answer was that we then know exactly who holds the views that we find contemptible and support or resist them accordingly.