We Are At War For A Free And Open Internet

This is the story of Gab’s most difficult and most controversial decision to date. On September 1st I opened my email to see a note from the compliance department of our domain registrar, AsianRegistry.com. Instantly I knew something was up. They asked that we update our contact information on the gab.ai domain within one week or it “may result in the suspension of the domain.” To be fair: the address was outdated. The last time we tried to update it on the AsianRegistry website it failed. We promptly provided the requested information and updated to our new address.

  • Jay Currie

    Right now ”they” hold the cards and are shutting down conservative voices on the net. Which will force us to develop alternatives. Gab is a great start. And smart enough to survive.

  • Ho Hum

    Robert Spencer gave an interesting speech on social media giants war on free speech. He noted that a VP of Facebook traveled to Pakistan where he promised government officials that Facebook would remove any criticism of Islam from Facebook (I had my Facebook accounts suspended twice for comments critical of Islam – Now I don’t even bother with Facebook). I fear that any company trying to compete with twitter or facebook will end up like Gab – threatened with having their domain seized for “hate speech” (which is not illegal in the US).

    Here is a link to the speech

  • bargogx1

    There is no doubt that freedom of speech is under attack on all fronts. Those responsible must be relentlessy exposed for who and what they are.

  • kkruger71

    I saw elsewhere that they originally told the poster that he was violating Gabs terms of service and that this did not get released until after a couple days of Gab getting a lot of flack. I’m not saying this isn’t true, but if what I heard is true I’m curious why Gab didn’t say this in the first place.

    • Ho Hum

      She is right – Torba should have let the domain registry company take the site down. Unless a website is publishing illegal material (e.g. child porn) internet providers should not have the right to take a website down just because it is publishing content that is offensive to some people. Imagine if the inventor of the printing press only allowed people he agreed with to use a printing press – this is where we are right now. One of the oldest white nationalist websites – Stormfront – had its domain seized by it’s dns provider. Stormfront whose motto is (was) “White Pride Worldwide” had been on the net since 1995! It’s forum had a strictly enforced policy against using racial epithets or making calls for violence and yet it was taken down in the hysteria over Charlottesville which appears to have been a complete setup (the organizer of C-Ville was a former occupy Wall Street organizer and supporter of Obama).

  • Shuali

    The Teapartycommunity which is the Tea Party Hub seems to have suffered the same fate. The message I get is NET::ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID.