Gab.com Claims Free Speech Infringement While Many Others View Them as Hate Site

The controversial site gab.com has been shutdown by GoDaddy and given 2 days to move the domain elsewhere. The deadline expires at midnight tonight Irish time.

In recent days the site has seen itself become increasingly disconnected as various service providers and online platforms including PayPal have shut the door to them. At present the site is displaying this notice:

Gab.com notice

The text reads:

Gab.com is under attack. We have been systematically no-platformed by App Stores, multiple hosting providers, and several payment processors. We have been smeared by the mainstream media for defending free expression and individual liberty for all people and for working with law enforcement to ensure that justice is served for the horrible atrocity committed in Pittsburgh. Gab will continue to fight for the fundamental human right to speak freely.

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. Thank you and remember to speak freely.

GoDaddy weren’t the hosting provider for the site and it currently uses CloudFlare’s DNS servers, so it’s not clear who is the host, as the previous provider Joyent pulled the plug. However as GoDaddy will be pulling the registration later today the site will need to find a new registrar first.

GoDaddy’s notice to GAB is pretty clear:

GoDaddy Notice to Gab.com

Via (as their Twitter account might get suspended)

Registrars like GoDaddy generally avoid getting involved in issues related to “content” on websites, but will when they feel that they are justified in doing so under their terms of service.

Where will Gab.com end up?

It’s not clear at this juncture, as with the case of DailyStormer there are very few companies that will want to attract a domain with so much negative attention to their platforms. The domain itself is a 3 letter .com so many in the domain investment space will be watching it like a hawk, as Andrew notes the domain was bought for $200k.

Update:

Gab.com are now claiming to have been working with law enforcement authorities and that they aren’t going anywhere:

Gab has spent the past 48 hours proudly working with the DOJ and FBI to bring justice to an alleged terrorist. Because of the data we provided, they now have plenty of evidence for their case. In the midst of this Gab has been no-platformed by essential internet infrastructure providers at every level. We are the most censored, smeared, and no-platformed startup in history, which means we are a threat to the media and to the Silicon Valley Oligarchy.

Gab isn’t going anywhere.

It doesn’t matter what you write. It doesn’t matter what the sophist talking heads say on TV. It doesn’t matter what verified nobodies say on Twitter. We have plenty of options, resources, and support. We will exercise every possible avenue to keep Gab online and defend free speech and individual liberty for all people.

You have all just made Gab a nationally recognized brand as the home of free speech online at a time when Silicon Valley is stifling political speech they disagree with to interfere in a US election.

The internet is not reality. TV is not reality. 80% of normal everyday people agree with Gab and support free expression and liberty. The online outrage mob and mainstream media spin machine are the minority opinion. People are waking up, so please keep pointing the finger at a social network instead of pointing the finger at the alleged shooter who holds sole responsibility for his actions.

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. Thank you and remember to speak freely.

Andrew Torba, CEO Gab.com

GAB updated statement

 

 

 

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