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Gab is an alternative social networking service to Twitter created by Andrew Torba that emerged due to blatant disregard for free speech by liberal social media platforms. It is based in Austin, Texas. The site is populated with a majority of right-leaning users, although all are welcome. Gab's motto is "Speak Freely" and their mascot (pictured) is a frog.

Gab does not engage in censorship as liberal social networking sites do (often illegally) against voices, opinions and platforms they do not like. Because of this, Gab has been unjustly attacked by the anti-free speech Mainstream Media and Wikipedia as "far-right" and "anti-Semetic".[1][2][3][4]

After the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, GoDaddy, Joyent, PayPal, Shopify, Stripe, and Medium all banned Gab. Conservatives criticized the move citing how anti-Semitic speech can also be found on Facebook and Twitter among leftists. On October 31, 2018, Torba wrote on Twitter, "Someone turned on the propane tank on my parent’s gas grill, turned the burner on, and let the propane leak out." The fire company was called.[5][6] On November 3, 2018, Gab changed its registrar to Epik;[7] a move which was later unreasonably criticized by leftist hate group the SPLC.[8] On November 4, 2018, Gab was brought back online.[9]

On July 4, 2019, Gab switched its codebase to a fork of Mastodon, which made Gab uncensorable and decentralized.[10] In response, Eugen, the Leftist creator of Mastodon, criticized the move by calling Gab a "sinking ship" and a "white supremacist social network."

[11] In the same post, Eugen called for third party Mastodon apps to ban the domain, so in response, Tusky and Toot! obliged.[12][13][14]

Gab also developed a web browser named Dissenter, an open source web browser based on Brendan Eich’s Brave Browser,[15] that allows conversations around individual URL's and creates a public square on them where anyone can leave a comment.[16]


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