A Pennsylvanian man allegedly shot 11 Jews to death at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The attack is being considered as the most horrible attacks on Jews at worship in the history of America.
The alleged gunman put up a message on Gab—a far-flung social media network launched in 2016—before the attack. His bringing Gab into play has propelled the social networking site into the spotlight.
How did it start?
Launched in 2016, Gab was a substitute to conventional platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Twitter had already banned several accounts during that time that were associated with the “alt-right” movement on the very same day that it undertook a clampdown on hate speech.
The vetoes drove the majority of the people to Gab which has fewer restrictions regarding the content that users can upload as compared to Twitter and other social media.
The service’s guidelines say, “Gab’s mission is to put people and free speech first. We believe that the only valid form of bowdlerization is an individual’s own choice to step back.”
The laid-back rules opened the gateway for conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic posts. According to the Verge, in August Microsoft warned to stop hosting Gab due to certain anti-Semitic posts, which were removed eventually.
Gab’s guidelines state that it proscribes activities like engaging in any illegal activity using Gab or posting illegal pornography or “promoting or engaging in self-harm, and/or acts of cruelty, appealing for the acts of violence against others, threatening language or behavior that clearly, directly and unquestionably trespasses on the safety of another user or individual(s).”
How is the suspect in Pittsburgh connected?
An account that appears to belong to the accused Robert Bowers,46, put up a message on Gab prior entering the synagogue said: “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I’m going in.”
How has Gab responded?
Gab responded that it was disgusted and saddened at the same time by Pittsburgh attack. In a statement, the service stated that took swift and down to business action to get in touch with law enforcement right away. The company first proceeded to suspend the account after it was done backing up all the user data from the account.
Endeavors to shut Gab down
Justin Higgs, PayPal spokesman confirmed the news that the company has annulled Gab’s account. He said, “The company is diligent in performing reviews and taking account actions. When a site is allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence, or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action.”
Gab revealed on Twitter that hosting provider Joyent and payment processing service Stripe were going to prohibit the service. The social networking site with its far-right following has extracted its website offline as domain provider GoDaddy provided it 24 hours to move to another domain providing service.
GoDaddy approved its decision in an announcement to The Verge, “We have informed Gab.com that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service. In response to complaints received over the weekend, GoDaddy investigated and discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people.”