…they will come:
Gab (gab.ai) is the free-speech alternative platform that has thrived because of Twitter’s SJW-led censorship policy which has driven away users. Now, it seems, Twitter is worried about the competition… ((…and they should be! — Jemison))
Gab was founded by Torba following Twitter’s suspensions of conservative and libertarian accounts and has attracted nearly 150,000 disenfranchised users, including Breitbart Senior Editor MILO.
Since the platform’s conception, Torba has been banned from a Silicon Valley startup group, suspended from Facebook, and had his Gab features copied by Twitter. Apple’s App Store have also banned the app twice . . .
“The response to Gab from around the world has been nothing short of incredible,” said Torba to Breitbart Tech last year. “This is a movement, and something that the community is driving forward,” he explained.
“Folks are deleting their Twitter and Facebook accounts… They are waking up to the lies and censorship of Big Social,” he continued. “We will continue to build a product built by the people, for the people. We will continue to put people first and promote free speech for all.”
The Left has to monopolize the “conversations” in order to seem relevant. The vast majority of their positions on just about every topic don’t hold up under close scrutiny. Because of this, they are driven to maintain control of the flow of information. During the days of the “big three” TV networks (1960s-1990s) this was relatively easy, and the same period saw Leftists gain control of most of academia.
The internet upended all of that. Suddenly, not only did non-Leftists have a medium in which to speak, they also quickly found they were not as alone as they’d been led to think. The rise of blogging just after 9/11 unleashed previously restrained conservative and libertarian viewpoints.
This was intolerable to the Left, of course. So the past decade or so has seen a concerted effort to gain control of the “commanding heights” of the internet: Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and so forth. In the name of “eliminating hate” what they’ve really done is harass and eliminate competing points of view. It’s Orwellian MiniTrue as its worst.
In order to restore free speech rather than stay cramped in the “safe space” echo chamber of Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, non-Leftists have begun building alternative platforms. In addition to Gab, there is also Infogalactic (a substitute for Wikipedia), and other alternative platforms are under construction. The builders of these systems are committed to allowing all speech, however repugnant, under the simple idea that in a free marketplace of ideas, truth wins out in the end.
It’s said the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Once these platforms are established, they will have to be ruthlessly policed against those who would again bend them into the service of Leftist ideology, rather than being a true marketplace of ideas. It will take all of us to keep free speech free, both in reality and in cyberspace.
The alternatives are being built. Come along and support them.