The website where the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue gunman posted anti-Semitic views said on Sunday it was “working around the clock” to stay online after being cut off by payment processors and forced to switch web hosts.
The 46-year-old suspect Robert Bowers has been charged with murdering 11 people on Saturday in the deadliest attack ever on the Jewish community in the United States. Hours earlier, he posted on Gab.com, saying a non-profit that helps Jewish refugees relocate to the country was helping to kill “my people.”
PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL.O) banned the website from using its money-sending services on Saturday. Gab said on Saturday it received notice it would be blocked by another payments website, Stripe Inc, and had switched to a new web-hosting service after Joyent Inc warned it would cut off the website.
Gab did not say who the new web host was.
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“Working around the clock to see to it that Gab.com stays online,” the company posted on Twitter on Sunday. “FREE SPEECH WILL ALWAYS WIN.”
Founded in 2016 by conservative Andrew Torba, Gab bills itself as the “free speech” alternative to Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) and has become a popular place to post content unwelcome or prohibited on other platforms.
Bowers, 46, joined the site in January.
Notable users include right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, as well as media personalities Alex Jones and Carl Benjamin.
The free website charges for access to additional features and also raises money on the crowdfunding website StartEngine.
Torba did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
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Utsav Sanduja, Gab’s former chief operating officer, said the company and its mission will survive “guilt by association” and could do more fundraising through cryptocurrencies in order to bypass tech companies.
“We created Gab for the purpose of letting off steam, not to kill. That was not our intention,” he said.
In earlier statements the website said it was cooperating with law enforcement authorities and described the moves by PayPal and others as acts of “direct collusion between big tech giants.” It also called on U.S. President Donald Trump to act.
PayPal declined to comment on Sunday beyond an earlier statement that the company takes immediate action when “a site is allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance.”
Joyent could not immediately be reached, and Stripe declined to comment on individual users.
Sanduja did say that there could be room for Gab to improve.
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