Gab is under siege from the Silicon Valley elite

If you think today’s social media behemoths are too big to be defeated, just remember MySpace. If you can.

In the early 2000s, MySpace was the world’s largest social media site. It’s clout was such that it was said that record companies wouldn’t even consider signing a new act unless they had a minimum of 10 000 MySpace followers. Then along came Facebook and Twitter.

Today, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are the Goliaths of the internet. They are immensely powerful: and they’re not afraid to wield that power as a bludgeon for Silicon Valley left-wing politics. The social media cartels have begun colluding to silence dissenting voices, left and right. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

A few plucky startups are rising to challenge the power of Silicon Valley. One of them is Gab, founded as an explicitly free speech alternative to Twitter. From the get-go, Silicon Valley has dedicated itself to taking down this obstreperous upstart. Quote:

Gab.com Is Being Targeted By Payment Processors…It’s interesting how we’ve never had any issues with either of our payment processors for over two years now, but all of a sudden when Gab.com is the only platform on the internet to host Alex Jones and defend free expression for all people, we become the target. End of quote.

A common excuse of left-wing authoritarians is that “it’s not censorship if it’s not the gubbermint”. But, as Caitlyn Johnstone says, when “there is no meaningful separation between corporate power and state power, corporate censorship is state censorship”. When all the media giants collude to simultaneously cut the head off a gadfly like Alex Jones, that’s censorship.

If banning Jones on their own platforms isn’t enough, they’ll try and shut down everyone else who refuses to toe the line.

Apple and Google both refused to host its app, citing pornography and “hate speech”, even though both are easily accessible on Twitter, for instance. Domain registrars and hosting services have repeatedly pressured the site. Quote:

In the last two weeks both of our payment processors have threatened to or have frozen our service. End of quote.

Another favourite tactic of Silicon Valley censors and intolerant SJWs is to pressure payment services to cut off revenue to people they don’t like. Wikileaks was an early casualty. Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch was another. Quote:

Paypal did not terminate our service–yet. They threatened to a few weeks ago over a meme from 2012 called “Navy Seal Copypasta.” They took the meme literally like idiots who know nothing at all about basic internet culture. We refused to censor the meme because the context and intent were very clear. We have not heard back since we told them this 11 days ago and our account is still active as of now.

Stripe, our other payment processor, is demanding quote:

“Modification of your terms of service to indicate that adult or illegal content cannot be streamed through GabTV or otherwise distributed through the Gab service.

The implementation of reasonable controls to ensure that no adult or illegal content is being streamed through GabTV or otherwise available on the Gab service.” End of quote.

This is standard, Kafkaesque, operating procedure. Quote:

Both of these make no sense because we already do not allow any illegal content and take action against it. Further, any adult content must be marked as NSFW (Not Safe For Work) per our user guidelines, which is a similar feature that Reddit and others have for adult content on their site. Stripe has no problem working with Facebook, Pinterest, and Squarespace, all of which certainly have adult content if you go looking for it. End of quote.

Gab isn’t perfect. There’s a lot of frankly nasty stuff on there but that’s the nature of free speech: you have to take the bad and the ugly with the good and there’s nothing to stop you moderating your feed.

In the meantime, the untrammelled power of the leftist monopoly of social media must be challenged. Quote:

We will keep fighting to break free from Silicon Valley’s dystopian control over the internet and infrastructure. End of quote.


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