Alternative Social Network Gab Faces Domain Seizure For Violating “Anti-Discrimination Laws”

By Aaron Kesel

Alternative media social network Gab.ai, whose logo is a frog often used by the “alt right,” faces domain seizure for failing to remove content that vilifies “race, religion or ethnic origin.” Their registrar further implied that the site promotes hate and discrimination.

Gab’s domain registrar, Asia Registry, has given the network 5 days to transfer its domain or it will be seized according to a notice sent to the company, Andrew Torba Gab’s CEO tweeted out.

This comes after Gab was contacted by its registrar to take down a post by the founder of the neo-Nazi site, Daily Stormer, Andrew Anglin.

The post by Anglin grotesquely mocked Charlottesville murder victim Heather Heyer, which Asia Registry told Torbha violated their abuse policy.

Torba noted in a Medium post that Gab previously has enforced its own guidelines and that the post did violate its own policy and was indeed obscene.

“This is not the first time we have enforced our guidelines. Gab has banned users for spamming, making death threats to the President, posting revenge porn, and doxing among others. We’ve been transparent and incredibly fair about this on many occasions,” Torba wrote.

Torba, who I personally interviewed before Gab’s start last year for We Are Change, expressed on Twitter that “The free and open web is in danger.”

This isn’t the first time Torba suggested what he saw as a “threat to the Internet.” During our interview he stated that “big social was moving to censor everyone and play the online thought police.”

He also highlighted that Gab’s site didn’t have “hate speech or harassment rules” because in this day and age that has become a “subjective definition.”

We have very simple guidelines. We don’t have anything like hate speech or harassment rules because in 2016 that type of stuff has largely become a subjective definition by whoever is deeming something hateful speech. So our guidelines are very simple. We have three: #1 no illegal pornography, #2. Zero tolerance policy for threats and terrorism. 3. No posting other users’ private information (d0xing).

He further stated that any organization defined as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government or the UN will be considered a terrorist organization on their end.

Gab just wrapped up its fundraising campaign last month tweeting “F*CK YOU Silicon Valley Elitist Trash,” thanking its users for a successful crowdfund in which the company raised 1 million dollars.

This comes as the Gab app was pulled from Google Play just last month after Google also accused the alternative free speech social network of “violating its hate speech policy.”

“Google has pulled Gab’s Android app from the Google Play Store for ‘hate speech,’” wrote Andrew Torba, the creator of Gab. “This is war.”

Google isn’t the only one censoring the alternative social network, Apple also denied the app in its own Appstore stating it “included pornographic content” posted by users — despite how Twitter also features similar user-generated content.



Gab, in turn, is suing Google for what it calls “antitrust violations” arguing that the company violated antitrust laws when it rejected Gab’s app from its Android app store. Gab further went on to state, the decision to block its app from the Play Store “is intended to, and does, unlawfully protect the financial and strategic benefits it enjoys by virtue of its partnership with Twitter, Gab’s chief competitor, from other competitors.”

A Google spokesperson told Ars Technica that the claim was baseless and they were prepared to defend it in court.

This claim is baseless and we’re happy to defend our decision in court if need be,” a spokesperson wrote. “In order to be on the Play Store, social networking apps need to demonstrate a sufficient level of moderation, including for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people. This is a long-standing rule and clearly stated in our developer policies. This developer is welcome to appeal the suspension if they’ve addressed the policy violations and are compliant with our Developer Program Policies.

As for Apple, Gab states they are practicing a double standard and they intend to appeal the decision:

“This clear double standard against us is potentially politically motivated and clearly targeted,” Gab said in its post. “When you actively search for something on a user-generated website, chances are you’re going to find what you are looking for.”

Torba plans to bring Gab to the blockchain which will inevitably “give the power and control to The People and make the internet censorship-proof.”

“Gab wants to lead the creation of the next level of the internet. If Web 2.0 was about centralized, social, and mobile networks: Web 3.0 will be a decentralized, blockchain-based, radically transparent, people-powered internet infrastructure,” Torba concluded.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post and is Director of Content for Coinivore. Follow Aaron at Twitter and Steemit.

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8 Comments on "Alternative Social Network Gab Faces Domain Seizure For Violating “Anti-Discrimination Laws”"

  1. So is Andrew Anglin an agent provocateur? Is Anglin anglin’?

  2. What about Google, Facebook and Twitter? They delete “questionable content” based on whose standards?

    How can a bakery be sued for not wanting to bake a gay themed wedding cake because it was objectionable to the proprietors but these internet giants get to censure objectionable content?

    • Rev. Walking Turtle | September 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm | Reply

      “How can … these internet giants get to censure objectionable content?

      First item: Question. Objectionable to WHO, Kemo Sabe? And therein we finf The Rub.

      Second item: Opinion. If all Google et al were to do was *censure* (ie “deplore”) data and/or speech that those firms’ management team deemed “objectionable” we would merely have a few Google (etc) pages openly deploring/censuring/criticizing certain forms and/or content of speech online. With EXAMPLES.

      Which MIGHT actually be HELPFUL. But this is not what we have.

      Fact: These corporate “persons” go well beyond mere censuring. As we all know (present company included) they outright CENSOR – that is to say, REMOVE and/or BLOCK access to certain information.

      Said information, in Yours Truly’s case, was in fact lifesaving medical and biological research information. Instead of solid, reliable answers from solid, reliable researchers, Yours Truly found themself slammed face-first into the “Google Wall”.

      Had I blindly given up instead of shifting-over to another, UNCENSORED search engine that DID provide access to the relevant research papers online (ixquick.eu @ the time, though these days DuckDuckGo is even better), I’d be dead and not writing this right now.

      Which is why YT insists: “GOOGLE KILLS!” And that is all. 0{:-o[

  3. Soon now, we’ll begin seeing Noahide Law enforced on us. We’ll be imprisoned for refusing to blindly accept that which we are told is “holy” via the Talmud or kosher media. Any who promote “hate crime” laws are an enemy to the democratic idea, our constitution and bill of rights.
    But then, “The love of money is the root of all evil”.

  4. Since ICANN was turned over to the U.N., the Internet doesn’t have to play by American rules any more. Because GAB is registered as a domain in the Asian database, you play by Asian (Chinese, Korean…) rules.

  5. Rev. Walking Turtle | September 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm | Reply

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    Iceland based. Ergo Icelandic Rules apply – VERY different from Asian, US etc. Fact: Mr. Stone would NOT be with us if online today not for the Icelanders.

    Funds cut off at the knees? Despair not, O Beloved Speaker of Truth! http://hatreon.com does all the Donation Remittance Processing that the “Big [bully] Boys” (PayPal, GoFundMe, Partreon etc) do. At a mere 5% fee per donation.

    Free advice; DO take it for what it’s worth because it costs one NOTHING to Go Look. Those under Establishment assault owe themselves the expedition imvh&veteran_Targeted-Individual_o. And that is all. 0{;-)o[

  6. Censorship is already here. This is just another kick to the dead head of the corpse of free speech.

  7. Fuck ASIA !

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