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A new social network that promises freedom of speech and little censorship is growing in popularity

By midian182 ยท 16 replies
Sep 12, 2016
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  1. A new social network that puts an emphasis on freedom of speech and lack of censorship is quickly gathering new members. Gab.ai has only been around for three weeks and is still in closed Beta, but it already has 12,000 users and over 47,000 people on its waiting list, according to Buzzfeed.

    Founded by vocal Trump supporter Andrew Torba, Gab is positioning itself as an alternative platform to Facebook and Twitter. The site is gaining traction in the wake of Twitter’s banning of Breitbart’s tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos after he was accused of inciting his supporters to direct abuse at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.

    Facebook, meanwhile, has faced mounting criticism since allegations that it routinely suppressed news stories that supported conservative views in its trending topics section – despite a Senate Commerce Committee finding no evidence of political bias.

    In an email to Buzzfeed News, Torba said: “What makes the entirely left-leaning Big Social monopoly qualified to tell us what is ‘news’ and what is ‘trending’ and to define what “harassment” means?” he said. “It didn’t feel right to me, and I wanted to change it, and give people something that would be fair and just.”

    Gab’s functions are like a mix of Twitter and Reddit. Posts appear chronologically, have a 300-character limit, and can be upvoted or downvoted. The ones that receive the most upvotes appear in the Top Gabs trending section. The site has already received more than 2.7 million pageviews on 240,000 posts.

    You get an idea of what Gab is about on its home page, which features a quote from British author Salman Rushdie: “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”

    Unsurprisingly, Gab is proving very popular with those who possess more conservative tendencies, but Torba stresses that it isn’t just for people with right-leaning views. “Gab is not FOR any particular group of people, political leaning, race, beliefs, or anything,” he wrote. “Anybody is welcome to express themselves on Gab.”

    The site isn’t completely without rules when it comes to what can be posted. Threats of violence aren’t allowed, and neither is illegal pornography, or exposing someone's information (doxing) without their consent. Gab also features keyword filtering, the ability to mute users, and offers the option only to see posts from verified (via a valid form of ID) users.

    It will be interesting to see how Gab progresses. We'll have to wait and see whether it grows into a genuine alternative to the popular social networks and gives people more choice over what they read/post, or it becomes nothing more than an alt-right chat room that eventually fades away.

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  2. Meh. I had a gab account before having a gab account was cool.
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Right now it sound OK but it'll be abused and exploited then rules have to be put in place then it'll become just another social media site among the gazillions that already exist and will eventually fade away. That's my theory anyway.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2016
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  4. It will rise from the ashes of Twitter (assuming another competitor doesn't step in first), mature, and then die a long and prolific death. Social media sites have a viable lifespan of 5-10 years.

    Then, everyone will hop on the new platform. Assuming we still have a free Internet in 10 years time.
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    No truer word spoken in jest.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,534   +3,914

    Freedom of Speech is always a good thing, but people using a site to gang up on someone isn't cool and should cause the instigator to be removed. There is a fine line between the two so a good editorial policy certainly would be a good start .....
  7. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Addict Posts: 118   +129

    Lost me at "Founded by vocal Trump supporter." Just thinking just what we need, another social network site where people post crazy right wing theories and bullshit without any "political correctness" under the guise of free speech. Sure they'd be as fair and balanced as fox news.
  8. umbala

    umbala TS Maniac Posts: 197   +176

    So what, this is going to be a Facebook/Twitter alternative for Trump's alt-right scumbag supporters to promote racism and tinfoil hat conspiracy theories without anyone raising an eyebrow? Great idea, it's just what America needs. Make America Hate Again!
  9. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,587   +1,797

    Looks like somebody needs to get his meme-ridden "edgy" posts back to 9gag where it belongs.
    Trillionsin likes this.
  10. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,824   +427

    Wow, the effort is powerful with this one.
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    I'm completely at a loss... which one of these above comments gets the award for 'cliche-Liberal-reaction' ?

    You guys should aim for more swearing and more name calling so everyone knows how much you oppose 'hate'. :)
  12. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 871   +393

    In my view, it is a contradiction to say "promises freedom of speech and little censorship".

    (disclaimer: I support free speech on YOUR platform, not mine)
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    SirChocula, ghostf1re and HOGFATHER like this.
  14. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 187   +44

    Free speech without morality as its guidance will only lead to chaos. and I for sure will not be part of that chaos. I will only see it pass by and save those that are righteous
  15. JamesSWD

    JamesSWD TS Maniac Posts: 331   +182

    It's amazing seeing the comments from the pearl-clutchers afraid of free expression. Free expression is black & white...not gray...you either have it or you don't. The moment you introduce your own moralities, safe spaces, and rules on what people can say...or punishment for what they say...you don't have free expression and you don't deserve it. Free expression is meant to protect unpopular speech, not protect you from hearing it or punish one for using it. Wherever you received your educations to limit free expression & Constitutional rights...they duped you about what freedom means.
    gibbstar and davislane1 like this.
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