Gab.com’s policy on terrorism and violence have always been very clear: we a have zero tolerance for it. Gab unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence. This has always been our policy. We are saddened and disgusted by the news of violence in Pittsburgh and are keeping the families and friends of all victims in our thoughts and prayers.We refuse to be defined by the media’s narratives about Gab and our community.
Gab’s mission is very simple: to defend free expression and individual liberty online for all people. Social media often brings out the best and the worst of humanity. From live streamed murders on Facebook, to threats of violence by bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. that went unaddressed by Twitter, and more. Criminals and criminal behavior exist on every social media platform.
Shortly after the attack, Gab was alerted to a user profile of the alleged Tree of Life Synagogue shooter. The account was verified and matched the name of the alleged shooter’s name, which was mentioned on police scanners. This person also had accounts on other social networks.Gab took swift and proactive action to contact law enforcement immediately. We first backed up all user data from the account and then proceeded to suspend the account. We then contacted the FBI and made them aware of this account and the user data in our possession. We are ready and willing to work with law enforcement to see to it that justice is served.We have nothing but love for all people and freedom. We have consistently disavowed all violence. Free speech is crucial for the prevention of violence. If people can not express themselves through words, they will do so through violence. No one wants that.
Our user guidelines state:
Threats and Terrorism:
Users are prohibited from calling for the acts of violence against others, promoting or engaging in self-harm, and/or acts of cruelty, threatening language or behaviour that clearly, directly and incontrovertibly infringes on the safety of another user or individual(s). We may also report the user(s) to local and/or federal law enforcement, as per the advice of our legal counsel.Our privacy agreement states:
Information Disclosed for Our Protection and the Protection of Others.
We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials or private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We may disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate: (i) to respond to claims, legal process (including subpoenas); (ii) to protect our property, rights and safety and the property, rights and safety of a third party or the public in general; and (iii) to stop any activity that we consider illegal or legally actionable activity.
What is happening to Gab.com?
In the past 48 hours, Gab has been systematically removed and no-platformed from the internet across several different venders including the following:
Joyent, our hosting provider
Paypal and Stripe, our payment processors
Shopify, our merchandise storefront provider
Medium, our blogging platform provider
Pusher, our realtime push notification provider
Godaddy, our domain registrar
Gab has also faced a relentless onslaught of media attacks in one of the worst coordinated smear campaigns in the history of journalism.
Finally, due to these relentless media attacks our CTO Ekrem will no longer be working with us. He is assisting us in finding a new replacement and we have several highly qualified candidates that we had already been in the process of interviewing for engineering positions at the company over the past few weeks. Our remaining engineering team is working on getting the site back up as soon as possible and getting law enforcement what they need.
Gab is not going anywhere.
1. We have secured a new hosting provider that knows who we are and supports our mission of defending free speech for all people.
2. We are in contact with multiple payment processors who support us and have offered their services to us. We will be reviewing and chatting with them over the next few weeks.
3. We have are reviewing decentralized storefront providers for our merchandise/Gab shop to be hosted.
4. Replacing our blog is not a top priority at the moment, but we can certainly self-host our own once we get the site back up.
5. We are reviewing several open source/self-hosted push notification tools. This is not a top priority at the moment, but we have options.
6. We are exploring several domain registrar options including: https://Njal.la, Dynadot.com, and https://prq.se/. We are reaching out to ensure we have the support of the new registrar before making a transfer.
So what is the plan?
Due to our hosting provider Joyent giving us only 24 hours on a Sunday to find a new provider, Gab.com is currently down as we work to transfer to our new host. We expect this to be completely by this weekend if not sooner. Right now, our top priority is working with law enforcement. Once they have what they need, we will focus on getting Gab back online.
We will not cower. We are not afraid. We did nothing wrong. We will continue to build and emerge bigger and better than ever before. Please pray for the victims, their families, and everyone who has been impacted by this horrific tragedy. Thank you for your continued support and please stay tuned for updates.