Two more platforms have suspended Gab in the wake of Pittsburgh shooting

Hours after Paypal confirmed that it had suspended social network platform Gab, two additional companies have informed the site that they plan to suspend their services: payment processing site Stripe, and cloud hosting company Joyent.

Last night, Gab posted a screenshot of a notification from Joyent, which says that it “received notice of breach of the Joyent Terms of Service,” and that it would suspend the site as of 9:00AM ET on Monday, October 29th. Gab says that it will “likely be down for weeks because of this,” and that it is working on a solution.

Later that evening, Gab posted a second notification: Stripe says that it has suspended the site’s account while it conducts an investigation, saying that Gab has “not provided us sufficient evidence that Gab actually prevents violations of our policies in your Gab Pro service, or any other portion of your service that relies on Stripe for monetization.” Stripe estimates that its investigation conclude within a week.

A profile on the site maintained by the alleged shooter, 46-year-old Robert Bowers, surfaced the immediate aftermath of the Pittsburgh shooting, which left eleven people dead and several others wounded. Screenshots revealed that Bowers had published numerous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and that has placed Gab under increased scrutiny. While Gab says that it immediately suspended the man’s account and has cooperated with authorities, it has bristled at the suggestion that it was responsible for the environment that has made it an attractive home to those in the alt-right.

Gab has already been booted from other major platforms: Apple and Google have either prevented the site from releasing its app on their mobile stores, while earlier this summer, Microsoft threatened to drop its hosting if the site didn’t remove a pair of anti-Semitic posts within 48 hours. A Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge that the company “terminated its Azure agreement with Gab last month.” Last night, Gab said that it expected to be banned by Facebook and Twitter “soon.”

We’ve reached out to Stripe, and Joyent for comment, and will update this post if we hear back.

Update October 28th 11:45 AM ET: Updated with statement from Microsoft.

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For a controversial site/service, why didn’t they have a backup mirror or backup hosting service at the least?
This is like when YouTube was going to ban all the gun videos and those creator were scrambling to find another place to host their videos.

Good. Chase the vermin back into their holes where they belong.

Gab’s twitter account is always pretending to be a victim. They need to own up to the environment they created.

Sell Facebook and Twitter short.

Important note for shit-stains who want to spout free speech. You are only protected from legal persecution for peaceful speech. Private companies that host hateful speech are not protected under any law from being banned from hosting and payment services. If the alt-right wants to start an internet of hate without consequences, they are more than welcome to make their own payments and hosting services.

They’ve found another host.

Ah yes, Gab still playing the victim after pushing false flag conspiracy theories (https://twitter.com/getongab/status/1055089430921441280) while hosting people who are actually praising the shooting as we speak.

Good riddance to bad fucking rubbish.

I’ve never even heard of Gab before today, but the fact they’ve chosen that frog as their logo tells me everything I need to know about this bastion of "free speech". Good riddance.

Censoring Gab (and its members) is not the solution.

A much better solution would be for non-racist people to descend on Gab in large numbers, and engage with the racists in intelligent discussions. As a result, some of them would be redeemed and "turn from the dark side."

But if you really want to validate the racists’ claims that you are oppressing them, and drive more of them toward violence, take away their constitutional free speech rights.

Gab could no longer be known as a haven for hate speech if 80% of the posts there were anti-hate. The only reason that’s not the case is that non-racist people can’t be bothered to go there and transform the place.

Martin Niemöller’s quote used to be highly regarded:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

We could easily substitute "racists" for "socialists." (By "coming for them," Niemöller did not necessarily mean something as draconian as putting them in a concentration camp. It also applies to denying Constitutional free speech rights.)

Will the government actually crack down on this terrorism like tech companies are/

Censoring Gab (and its members) is not the solution.

A much better solution would be for non-racist people to descend on Gab in large numbers, and engage with the racists in intelligent discussions. As a result, some of them would be redeemed and "turn from the dark side."

But if you really want to validate the racists’ claims that you are oppressing them, and drive more of them toward violence, take away their constitutional free speech rights.

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