Website hosting service GoDaddy has pulled domain services for social network site Gab which is popular with far-right groups. Gab has suspended its services until it finds a new hosting provider. Gab doesn’t police hate speech and positions itself as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. Suspected shooter Robert Bowers is believed to have used Gab and posted to it not long before his attack. Gab CEO Torba has vowed to bring Gab back and blames Silicon Valley for stifling free speech.
- Should Gab be taken down by authorities?
- Is there a legal basis to take Gab down?
- Will removing support for Gab help to reduce the spread of hateful ideologies?
- GoDaddy is the latest company to pull support from Gab, a social network popular with the far right that doesn’t police hate speech and positions itself as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter.
- The web-hosting company GoDaddy gave Gab 24 hours to find another hosting provider, and Gab is now shut down until it finds another host.
- In a statement to The Verge, GoDaddy said it “discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people.”
- The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 dead and six injured over the weekend is believed to have used Gab and posted anti-Semitic messages on it, including one right before the attack.
GoDaddy has joined the list of companies ending their business relationship with Gab, a social network popular with the far right for its policy of not policing hate speech.
In a statement to The Verge on Sunday night, GoDaddy confirmed that it gave Gab 24 hours to find another web-hosting service after it “discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people.”
Gab’s website appeared to be out of service Monday afternoon, with the homepage showing only a statement by Gab CEO Andrew Torba, who said Gab was “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.” The statement said Gab would be “inaccessible” while employees worked to get it back online.
Though by no means as large as its competitors like Facebook and Twitter, Gab poses itself as an alternative to popular social networks and doesn’t punish users for hate speech or what many other social networks would deem offensive behavior. Thus, it’s become popular with members of the far right who have become dissatisfied other social networks and their terms of service, which often include rules about respecting others and not engaging in harassing behavior.