A former Facebook employee and current journalist at the WSJ contacted Andrew Torba of Gab to find out how
to further deplatform Gab survives deplatforming. All the usual payment processors and many other service providers refuse to deal with Gab. The only ways to send them any money are Bitcoin and checks, including echecks.
I’m a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and I’m looking into how platforms with strong free speech policies are dealing with their dependence on large internet infrastructure companies (like Cloudflare).
Those are some scary words, akin to I’m from the government and I’m here to help. After explaining Gab’s policies, Torba notes,
As a result [of the policies] we see comparatively low levels of unlawful content compared to, say, your former employer Facebook. We believe our past deplatforming issues have more to do with Silicon Valley partisanship than the actual content on our site.
The reporter persists in trying to find out how Gab has been able to stay afloat in spite of the attacks, asking about “the nuts and bolts of your business and operations.” Torba’s reply:
Viewpoint neutrality is the reason our business exists and the cause of every single business challenge we have endured and overcome. We will not provide answers as to how we have responded to this problem and frankly it’s an insult to my intelligence for you to think that I would divulge information about our infrastructure or business operations to a former Facebook employee, let alone a journalist.
If your readers are interested in the subject, they should be aware that every large corporation in the world which has no-platformed us – Apple, Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Stripe, Joyent, GoDaddy, Visa, and many more – is interested in suppressing not Gab’s speech, but the speech of millions of ordinary Americans and others from around the world who use our platform.
We were told to “build our own” so that’s exactly what we did and it took years to accomplish.
Torba’s parting shot:
You are not my enemy because you interned for Facebook. I have plenty of friends who worked at Facebook. You are my enemy because you are a “journalist.”
Edit: Turns out John had mentioned this the day before in a comment on the latest RAMU post.