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Gab.ai Takes the First Amendment to Social Media

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Launched a month ago, Gab.ai is a new social website focused on the validity of totally free speech. The site operates similarly to Reddit where users can be followed and posts can be upvoted or downvoted. Popular posts will trend, as on any other site, topping the page for quick viewing. Within one month the site had 12,000 registered users with 42,000 on the waiting list. The site is for those who want freedom of speech, regardless of the moral, social, or any other kind of implication that goes along with it.

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.



Jacqui Litvan, wielding a bachelor's degree in English, strives to create a world of fantasy amidst the ever-changing landscape of military life. Attempting to become a writer, she fuels herself with coffee (working as a barista) and music (spending free time as a raver). Follow her @Songbird_Jacqui

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Gab.ai Takes the First Amendment to Social Media Reviewed by Jacqueline Litvan on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. Gab doesn't seem like a very good system. Signed up for it, no posts, already have spambots following my account. There's no way to block users, no way to delete your account, and absolutely no way to contact anyone regarding issues.

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