After the shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people and injured numerous others, we are left to question: how did this happen?
The suspect, who has been identified as Robert Bowers, appears to have a history of anti-Semitic posts and speech on this social media platform called GAB. Yesterday, PayPal banned GAB from using their platform while Apple and Google have previously banned the social media platform for posts that were also anti-Semitic. So, what is GAB?
GAB describes themselves as “a social network that champions free speech.” However, it has turned into a “haven” for Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the extreme right.
GAB has also been compared as the right-leaning Twitter, which GAB has neither accepted nor denied.
Founder and CEO of GAB, Andrew Torba, has cited himself that GAB was inspired because of a “left-leaning monopoly on social media.”
Now, people will say that Torba has a right to keep the freedom of speech on GAB, while others will say that he does not. However, the 1st Amendment does protect hate speech but it does not protect GAB from the “wrath” of other companies banning it from its platform.
So for now, GAB is fighting to stay online in general as along with being cut by PayPal, they were cut off by their web host. Luckily for them, they were able to find another web host. After finding a new web host, GAB took to Twitter (irony at its finest) and tweeted out: “FREE SPEECH WILL ALWAYS WIN OUT.”
On the moral side of things, it should not be true, but in regards to the US Constitution, this statement is very true.