Gab.ai Takes the First Amendment to Social Media
The homepage of the social media site makes no secret of its mission statement featuring a quote from British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie: "What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."
Expressing frustration with the power that social networks have over what is and isn't shared, Silicon Valley-based Andrew Torba founded Gab.ai. Where social media giants like Facebook and Twitter essentially dictate what is right and wrong, Gab only has a few guidelines: no threats of violence, illegal pornography, or sharing of personal information without consent.
On Gab.ai, the method for dealing with users clashing is to leave people to fend for themselves. This means that options like keyword filtering, user muting, and only viewing content from verified users are all that stand in between you and unwelcome harassment. This is in stark comparison to Facebook and Twitter where people are quick to report. There have even been instances where controversial statements have been removed seemingly on purpose.
Torba left his position as CEO of ad-tech company Automate Ads to build Gab.ai. He along with 3 partners are focusing on improving the site with no outside funding.
Gab.ai Takes the First Amendment to Social Media Reviewed by Jacqueline Litvan on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Rating: