Gab.com, the social network turned ‘controversial social network’, has received a warning message from its domain registrar GoDaddy that it has 24 hours to move its domain name to a different domain registrar.
The controversy emerged when Robert Bowers allegedly shot and killed eleven people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Robert Bowers had a history of posting anti-Semitic messages on Gab, due to which Gab is receiving bad press across the globe and facing bans from the tech giants.
After receiving the warning from GoDaddy, Gab.com has pulled its website offline. Currently, it is showing a message –
Gab.com is under attack. We have been systematically no-platformed by App Stores, multiple hosting providers, and several payment processors. We have been smeared by the mainstream media for defending free expression and individual liberty for all people and for working with law enforcement to ensure that justice is served for the horrible atrocity committed in Pittsburgh. Gab will continue to fight for the fundamental human right to speak freely.
As we transition to a new hosting provider Gab will be inaccessible for a period of time. We are working around the clock to get Gab.com back online. Thank you and remember to speak freely.
GoDaddy confirmed its decision in a statement to The Verge.
“We have informed Gab.com that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service. In response to complaints received over the weekend, GoDaddy investigated and discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people.”
Not only this, Gab’s hosting provider also pulled their services down for the social network, to which Gab replied “Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions.”
Breaking: @joyent, Gab’s new hosting provider, has just pulled our hosting service. They have given us until 9am on Monday to find a solution. Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions. We will never give up on defending free speech for all people. pic.twitter.com/YvnBOFoQQn
— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 28, 2018
Several other internet biggies like PayPal, Medium, Stripe and Joyent have blocked Gab over the weekend. Also, Apple, Google and Microsoft have taken multiple steps to remove Gab from their platforms.
Gab doesn’t seem to like this behavior of the biggies and has posted several tweets.
There are like 3-4 total companies who decide if you exist on the internet or not. In the future that will mean they decide if you ever existed at all.
— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 29, 2018
The fans, loyal users and the supporters are relating this to other controversies and how the internet biggies got out of those. Meanwhile, they are also saying that when the social network has already condemned the actions then why it is getting such a response from the tech giants. Gab retweeted this tweet –
Gab has already condemned the actions of the murderer/terrorist, and has worked with police as they conduct their investigation of that individual. They are now being actively punished by the rest of big tech for that. Why? Why equate one user to all?
— Jasper McGregor (@jmcgr94) October 29, 2018
It’s not wise for us to comment anything on this matter till the concerning departments are done evaluating every aspect and facts related to this controversy. However, we strongly condemn hate speech and express our deepest condolences for the lives that were lost and the people who have suffered due to this accident.