THE ATTACK on a Pittsburgh Synagogue was a horrific and babaric attack on innocent people. Corporate Big Tech however are not ones to miss a chance to use such things to their advantage. They have rounded on Gab which is a free speech platform launched as a home for political refugees from Twitter.
It is now however the subject of a sustained attack by corporate big tech. In terms of its continued operation perhaps the most serious challenge it is now facing is the fact that its host have pulled out and given them until tomorrow to find a solution:
Breaking: @joyent, Gab’s new hosting provider, has just pulled our hosting service. They have given us until 9am on Monday to find a solution. Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions. We will never give up on defending free speech for all people. pic.twitter.com/YvnBOFoQQn
— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 28, 2018
Paypal and Stripe have also jumped on the bandwagon. Predictably, reading through the mainstream media you would think Gab had sold Robert Bowers, the accused shooter, the gun and pulled the trigger as well. This piece from The Atlantic on the ‘Internet Of Hate’ that according to it provides the backdrop for the shooting is pretty typical of the mainstream media fare.
No one doubts the fact that Bowers had a Gab account. However, it was by all accounts not the only social networking site he had a profile on. So, why is it the one that is being targeted? Critics of the attack on Gab point to antisemitic posts by the likes of Louis Farrakhan, such as the one below in which he compares Jews to termites, as proof of the doublestandards at play in yet another anti free-speech witch-hunt:
I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. pic.twitter.com/L5dPQcnVg4
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) October 16, 2018
David Kurten, UKIP Assembly Member for London, called the big tech assualt on Gab “totalitarianism in action”;
— David Kurten ن (@davidkurten) October 28, 2018
It is hard to disagree. You can sign up to support Gab here.