About 10,000,000 tweets vs 48,000 gabs. That’s the difference between “hate speech” content on Twitter vs Gab. Yet Gab is under heavy attack, by the media, because the crazed Tree of Life shooter used Gab. He also used Facebook and Twitter, yet Gab is the only one that has had all it’s support pulled. I got these figures by from the tweet found underneath, and then by finding out how many users were on each platform; 3% for Twitter, 6% for Gab.
In short, Gab doesn’t censor anyone. However there was recently an attack that they we’re letting people post child pornography, but Andrew Torba (The CEO) was posting that they certainly do boot them immediately. I would post a screenshot of him stating this, but Gab is down as of writing this. But they can’t say the site goes without moderating.
As you can see, they are not sitting idly by while being attacked. They have taken to their competitor, Twitter, so they can keep their base connected to whats going on. Which is kind of ironic that Twitter hasn’t banned them, Twitter is very heavy handed with bans.
What can we take away from this situation? Free speech is not easy, it does come with “hate” speech. But you don’t combat this by shutting them down, you have to have a better argument than them. If Gab is this big bad awful place, it will sink eventually, so why try so hard to go after their payment processor and their website host? Perhaps Gab struck a cord with it’s free speech that others need shut down? How big of a threat are they? Gab has been growing quite a bit lately, and are even seeing attacks in different form, as I mentioned the child pornography situation earlier. I don’t know much about it, but I’ll share the little I did read while it was happening. There was an organization accusing them of allowing child pornography on their site, which Gab found was not the case. Then all of a sudden, a bunch of new users were made and was posting the garbage on Gab. That’s when Torba said it wasn’t welcome and the accounts were removed immediately. Considering how closely they were working with law enforcement to provide information about the Tree of Life shooter, I’d imagine they forwarded that info to them, too. (If anyone from Gab is reading this, and this is inaccurate in anyway, please comment so I know)
To those that hate Gab – Stop attacking them if they aren’t a threat. Let them and their community grow or die on their own, and stop fanning the flames because they will rise out of the ashes, and it’s going to be a bigger fight.