Gab.ai: The Free Speech Social Media Alternative to Facebook and Twitter

Gab.ai: The Free Speech Social Media Alternative to Facebook and Twitter

Social Network Aims to End Online Censorship

By Brett Chandrasekhar

Social media platform Gab.ai is the free speech alternative to Facebook and Twitter.

Launched last Monday, Gab appears in the aftermath of controversial censorship by other platforms. For example, Gizmodo revealed in May that Facebook routinely suppressed conservative news. Both networks have also banned conservatives and libertarians.

Gab aims to fix this. The website’s front page features a quote from Salman Rushdie stating “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”

Gab.ai sign up

Regarding the platform’s rules, CEO Andrew Torba explains:

We believe that the only valid form of censorship is self-censorship, an individual’s freedom to opt-out. Gab empowers users to self-censor and remove unwanted followers, words, phrases, and topics they don’t want to see in their feeds to help stop and prevent different forms harassment.

However, we do take steps to protect ourselves and our users from illegal activity. Our rules are very simple: no illegal pornography, a zero tolerance policy for promoting terrorism or violence, and users are not allowed to post other’s confidential information without their consent. We expect these guidelines to develop overtime and we will discuss and get feedback on these changes with the community as we scale.

Gab’s navigation is very similar to Twitter’s. Users can follow each other and see their posts on a single feed in their Home page.

Gab Andrew Torba Home

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Also like on Twitter, Gab features a checkmark system. However, rather than using it to lend authority to public figures, Gab uses it purely for identification purposes. Even the average person can have one.

With such a limited scope of rules and a friendly design, the network seems promising. Within the first four days, 10,000 people signed up, including Twitter outcasts Milo Yiannopoulos and Kassy Dillon. A waiting list now exists, with over 18,000 people in line.

Libertarians are also likely to feel at home, since censorship on other platforms has heated up in recent months. In early July, Facebook suspended the popular page Liberty Memes for a Hillary Clinton image saying “Silly Americans, laws are for poor people.” And just weeks ago, Facebook banned pages Occupy Democrats Logic and Being Libertarian for posting a photo that pointed out liberal hypocrisy.

Though whether Gab will succeed remains to be seen, one thing is for sure: both libertarians and conservatives are tired of being censored on social media. Facebook and Twitter may finally pay the price.

 

Follow Brett Chandrasekhar on Twitter and Facebook while he’s still waiting on his Gab sign-up.

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  • Invinoveritas1974
    August 31, 2016, 8:21 am

    Do they have mobile apps for Android and iOS? The website leaves something to be desired.

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  • Apple Plexi
    January 30, 2017, 1:13 am

    So… they shouldn’t have let them off of the plane. As for those that are here (illegals): They are entitled to life (that is fine, we don’t want to kill anybody).Due Process (No Problem.If they broke the law, I am sure we can prove it and apply justice quickly).

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  • Veri Nyce
    February 10, 2017, 9:28 pm

    As of today, there’s over 450,000 people on the waiting list for GAB. At this rate, Twitter will be dead in less than 5 years.

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  • Remo Williams@Veri Nyce
    February 12, 2017, 1:34 am

    That’s a lie, I checked this thing out and its all the same people posting white supremacist crap. The whole thing is pathetic. It’s like a bunch of kids that got kicked out of the cool party and made their own lame thing.

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  • lynn
    February 28, 2017, 4:57 pm

    IS PIZZAGATE ANGELA @notmanipulated here?

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