Come see the violence inherent in the system!

Gab, the social networking site, is having some troubles, again. They’re being attacked! By bad actors! Oh no!

This is my favorite ironic line from the complaint.

Do you want this website to stay online or do you want to be able to threaten and incite violence by somehow claiming it’s “free speech” (it’s not.)

Wholesome, pure, violence-free Gab…you know, the site that welcomed Nazis.

Since its inception, Gab has welcomed deplatformed social media users, generally attracting those on the far right. When Twitter suspended a number of alt-right accounts just after the 2016 election — including white nationalist Richard Spencer’s — Gab welcomed them with open arms.

And QAnon.

In early October, when Facebook purged a number of accounts connected to QAnon, Torba published a blog post welcoming them to the site. “Gab is happy to announce that we will be welcoming all QAnon accounts across our social network, news, and encrypted chat platforms,” Torba wrote. He added, “Members of the QAnon community have been active on Gab for several years. We have never seen any calls for violence, threats, or any other illegal activity from this group of people.”

Except for fomenting the Jan. 6 insurrection, of course.

The Capitol mob began organizing weeks ago for the violence that occurred on January 6, planning inside conspiracy theory and far-right online communities on platforms like Parler and Gab. Groups that typically live in the darker corners of the internet stepped into the spotlight when they took the Capitol and broadcast the breach around the web.

The groups that stormed Capitol Hill this week have long been active on platforms like Gab and 4chan, and more recently, they’ve adopted newer tools like the lightly moderated social media site Parler and the anonymous messaging service Telegram to organize.

And who could forget?

The platform made headlines in October 2018 after a gunman opened fire in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and killed 11 worshipers. Robert Bowers, who is accused of the crime, spent years posting anti-Semitic rhetoric on Gab. His final post before the shooting read, “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

No sir, no violence here. It’s all those people trying to shut down a hate and conspiracy theory site who are being violent.

Here’s another blast from tolerant, lovely Andrew Torba from last year: the people going after Gab are Mentally ill tranny demon hackers (he’s very serious).


  1. says

    I keep hoping these have been silently taken over by the FBI and are just one massive sting. Not a lot of hope there…but…wouldn’t it be nice?

  2. microraptor says

    Meanwhile, at MacAurthur High School in Irving, Texas, the students staged a walkout last week after the new principal fired a teacher who was openly lesbian without apparent cause after the Safe Space stickers that various teachers had put up in their classrooms were all mysteriously removed and members of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) were pulled out of classes and interrogated.

    This story is not making much news in the US, for some reason.

  3. Scott Simmons says

    Holy crap. I haven’t seen anything even on local news about that, microraptor. And I live about ten miles from there. (Used to work in Irving, actually, back when people worked at places.) That’s pretty scary (both the situation and the news media not making a huge noise about it).

  4. birgerjohansson says

    Microraptor @ 2
    I seem to recall many of the local TV news networks have been bought up by Sinclair, a conservative network without the class and integrity of Fox. I do not know if they own the local channels covering Irving.

  5. pwdm says

    “Do you want this website to stay online or do you want to be able to threaten and incite violence by somehow claiming its “free speech””

    Seems a clear case of the inclusive sense of the word ‘or’. At least some people want the website to stay online AND they want to be able to threated and incite violence.

  6. microraptor says

    birgerjohansson @6: Yeah, Sinclair has bought up many local stations around the country. It’s pretty insidious.

  7. birgerjohansson says

    Ouabache @ 5
    All it took was some armed homicidal nuts running around and murdering lots of people. We are living in the best of all possible worlds.