The fringe social media site Gab, that was frequented by Pittsburg Synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, expects to be back online Sunday after being kicked off of hosting platform GoDaddy after the shooting. The new host, Epik.com, has accepted the social networks business. Gab bills itself as an absolutist for free speech and free flow of information but has stoked controversy for allowing extremist content with little oversight. Cloud host Joyent and payment processor Stripe also dropped Gab.
- Does Gab have a right to operate despite hateful posts?
- Would turning over user data to law enforcement be a breach of privacy?
- If free speech a more important consideration than safety?
Social media site Gab, popular among far-right extremists, has found a new domain host and expects to be back online by Sunday, it tweeted on Saturday. Gab’s earlier domain host, GoDaddy, dropped the site following the news that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers had been an avid poster on the site.
In a lengthy blog post, Rob Monster, founder and CEO of Gab’s new domain host Epik.com, wrote that he "did not take the decision lightly," but "de-platforming is digital censorship." Monster said he had spoken to Gab founder Andrew Torba as part of his "own search for truth."
Gab tweeted Saturday that it is "getting close" to being live on the new domain host.
Getting close. Posts still aren’t loading, so working on that issue now. Then a full quality test by our team to make sure everything works. Pray for the team, they are working very hard.
Goal is go live tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/eefeLUo7HG