Social media site Gab has been in the news a lot lately, due to the fact that the suspect in the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Robert Bowers, used it to spread hate. It was then right before entering the synagogue and taking the lives of 11 individuals, that Bowers ultimately announced on Gab: ‘”Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
Now, Andrew Torba, the founder and CEO of Gab appears to be playing the victim card. Torba, who downplays any claim that he is anti-semitic, believes that his web platform is under attack.
“We are the most censored, smeared, and no-platformed startup in history, which means we are a threat to the media and to the Silicon Valley Oligarchy,” explained Torba.
While Torba’s website allows for, what he refers to as ‘free speech’, this free speech has included death threats, anti-semitism, racism and homophobia. Torba himself will likely tell you that he is not racist or anti-semitic, but that merely appears to be a facade, as his own company’s Twitter account has engaged in anti-semitic behavior. How do I know? Because it was directed at me personally.
I began speaking out against Gab back in August when I saw disgusting posts on their social media platform calling for the “gassing of jews”, “lynching of n___s”, and other racist and anti-semitic remarks that I saw as being threatening to this country’s very being. I contacted Microsoft on numerous occasions and I believe I played an integral role in helping Microsoft realize that they should cancel the hosting services they had provided to Gab.
Soon thereafter the official Gab account began attacking me and my brother Brian Krassenstein, using our last name “Krassenstein” as a talking point. For those who are unaware, like many last names which end with “stein”, our family name is Jewish. Please see the tweets sent to me (now deleted but backed up on archive.is) by Gab’s official Twitter account, which I believe is run by Andrew Torba himself, based on photos and comments that he has posted previously.
Shortly after this tweet was directed at our family name, Gab’s account then attacked my brother yet again.
The idea of “Open borders for Israel” is a talking point spread frequently by White Supremacists such as David Duke.
About 20 minutes after this disturbing tweet, Gab attacked Brian Krassenstein yet again, with these anti-semitic comments:
Gab’s owner Andrew Torba can claim that he only provides a platform that allows freedom of speech, but in reality his company also partakes in anti-semitism.
For the record, when I tweeted at Gab yesterday, pointing out these past tweets exhibited anti-semitism, the platform that claims they are all about “free speech” blocked me on Twitter, preventing me from speaking freely in response to their own comments. Gab also blocked my brother, Brian Krassenstein, soon after.
Anti-Semitic? It appears so!