Using GAB, Where Twitter Refugees Go — Twitter permanently banned accounts, Dec. 18, of those it deemed to be practicing hate speech. Nobody likes bigots but Twitter’s action looked suspiciously like a purge of those dissenting from the politics and aesthetics of those of the Twitter bosses.
While our account as of this writing is in good standing we have been spending our time on GAB, a website dedicated to open discourse and free speech.
Powerful forces are calling GAB a hate site because of this principle.
Oh yes, there is hate on that site. We have found full-blown Nazis, and misogynists. We have found Christian-hating atheists and other assorted bigots.
On the other hand, we have also found out-spoken Zionists and Muslims. We have found fans of notorious homosexual Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous.com; along with just generally nice people posting Bible verses and wishing all a Merry Christmas.
The only prohibitions on GAB concern posting private information, threats including terrorism, and illegal pornography.
Free-speech sites don’t have a great track record. They invariably seem to fall to trolling and devolve to petty bickering. GAB has wrinkles, though, that give us hope for its success. It is very easy to “mute” posters — i.e. personally ban them — along with words one might find offensive. It is ad free and hopes to make a profit by charging those wishing options like identity verification or access to the looming service of GABTV, a $5.99 monthly subscription.
We wish it well and encourage all to check it out. It can be found here.
Using GAB, Where Twitter Refugees Go