Gab, the free speech social media site (effectively a Twitter alternative) was unceremoniously shut down by its host with no notice tonight, with a further note that Gab’s data has to be moved off the platform by Monday morning or it gets wiped. The Pittsburgh shooter had an account there, and Gab’s cloud host, Joyent, used this as an excuse to jettison Gab. Gab had to transition from Microsoft’s Azure cloud just weeks ago after they also suddenly gave Gab an eviction notice. “Terms of Service” violation, again. The TOS is becoming the all-purpose club used to eliminate anyone to the right of Jennifer Rubin from the Internet.
This is frightening on many levels, because it’s proof that there really is no free market in tech. It’s more like an oligopoly of like minded left wingers that collude to keep the riff-raff out. As has been pointed out elsewhere, if we REALLY had a free market, someone like Vimeo would have jumped at the chance to host Alex Jones after YouTube booted him.
This is just the latest in a long line of Tech-vs-Right, going all the way back to Ebay and Amazon banning all things Confederate after Dylan Roof’s shooting. And it’s only gotten worse since then. We all heard the “First they came for the …” stuff growing up. We just never thought WE’D be the “they came for” part.
Breaking: @joyent, Gab’s new hosting provider, has just pulled our hosting service. They have given us until 9am on Monday to find a solution. Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions. We will never give up on defending free speech for all people. pic.twitter.com/YvnBOFoQQn
— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 28, 2018