'Free speech' social platform Gab has gone offline


'Free speech' social platform Gab has gone offline

Offline: Gab is taking time off the internet, under immense pressure following the Pittsburgh attack.

BY JOHNNY LIEU October 28, 2018

Gab has gone offline.

The self-described "free speech social media platform" is taking time off the internet, after landing under the spotlight when it was discovered the suspect involved in Pittsburgh's synagogue shooting was a poster and user on the site.

Gab posted a message on its homepage, announcing that the site will be "inaccessible for a period of time" as it works "around the clock" to transition a new hosting provider.

The platform has been banned by PayPal, and fellow online payment service Stripe is looking to cut off the site. Gab's new hosting service, Joyent, reportedly will suspend the site from 9 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 29.

Gab's domain registrar, GoDaddy, has also asked for the platform to take its business elsewhere.

"We have informed Gab.com that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service," GoDaddy told Mashable in a statement.

"In response to complaints received over the weekend, GoDaddy investigated and discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people."

Gab.com
@getongab
 BREAKING: @GoDaddy is threatening to suspend our domain (which is worth six figures) if we do not transfer to a new provider by tomorrow. This is madness. @realDonaldTrump @parscale I hope you are paying attention.

5:45 PM - Oct 28, 2018

Publishing platform Medium has also recently suspended Gab's account, under which the social site had made a statement stating that it "unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence." This statement has now been made unavailable.

Mashable has reached out to Medium for comment.

Gab.com
@getongab
 Gab is now banned from @medium, they are silencing our statement on the shooting. Here is an archive of it. You are pathetic @ev http://archive.is/vysbL

Gab.com
@getongab
http://Gab.com  Statement On The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting https://link.medium.com/rn3KwYopmR

7:31 PM - Oct 28, 2018


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