Robert Bowers, the man accused of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, apparently used his account on Gab, a social-media platform favored by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, to post in the months before the attack about his hatred of Jews. When that part of the story broke, Gab’s tech infrastructure began to collapse. PayPal banned the platform; Joyent, Gab’s hosting service, dropped it. Medium suspended Gab’s account. GoDaddy gave Gab 24 hours to move its domain to another provider, saying in a statement, “[We] investigated and discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people.”
Gab went offline as its founder, the inglorious Andrew Torba, asserted the platform’s blamelessness while trashing journalists on Twitter:
The mainstream media is a cancer on our society and culture. They are not journalists. They are sophists and propagandists.
— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 29, 2018
As of this writing, Gab remains offline. Visitors are greeted by a message that says, in part:
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.
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While the Gab story might seem exceptional because of the tragedy and drama surrounding it, it’s typical of the challenges that
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