There’a s new Social Media website called GAB.ai that is becoming very popular with people who value the free expression of ideas, ALL IDEAS. Unfortunately, there is a very long waiting list to get onto GAB.ai. I am #140,800 on the list.
CatchNews Over the last few years Twitter has done a lot to curb the abuse and trolling that have come to be a large part of the noise on it. While the politically correct brigade has cheered on every such move, the curbing of free speech has upset many others. Now, a free speech alternative is here and its gunning for Twitter. Not surprisingly, the first to be attracted are US conservatives.
Launched in August, Gab.ai is still in its beta phase with a pretty long list of people waiting to get in. With near-total freedom of speech, this platform is attracting users by the thousands. As of 16 November, when this reporter tried to sign up, he was #127,177 on the waiting list. 25-year-old Andrew Torba, a Silicon Valley-based Trump supporter, founded the social network as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. Gab’s hashtag is #SpeakFreely.
“At Gab, we believe that free speech and free thought are under attack. Political correctness has risen up at the expense of freedom of speech and has become a cancer on discourse and culture. We think that people shouldn’t treat unpleasant, counter-cultural, or conflicting ideas, words, or behaviors as full-scale criminal offenses,” Torba writes in a Medium post.
Gab promises to do away with all of that from the get go. It’s a simple website where people can follow others and follows the Reddit model of upvoting and downvoting posts they see on their timeline. There is a tab called ‘popular’ where the most upvoted posts get featured.
What gives Gab the edge is that it is devoid of censorhsip. Well, except for threats of violence, illegal pornography and releasing personal information without the subject’s consent. Gab’s solution is self policing. “What makes the entirely left-leaning Big Social monopoly qualified to tell us what is ‘news’ and what is ‘trending’ and to define what “harassment” means? It didn’t feel right to me, and I wanted to change it, and give people something that would be fair and just,” Torba told BuzzFeed News.
Users can mute others, filter posts based on words that have been flagged and view content only from verified users, if they chose to. Gab will not be stepping in to censor anything.