The social media website Gab came under major fire when it was revealed that the man who murdered 11 congregants from the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue had used it’s platform to write violently anti-Semitic posts, and apparently to announce his killing spree.

The post from Bowers on the morning of the shooting read like this;

“HIAS (Hebrew Immigration Aid Society) likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.” 

What is Gab?

Gab is an English-language social media website, known for its mainly far-right user base.The site allows its users to read and write multimedia messages of up to 300 characters, called “gabs”. The site stated conservative, libertarian, nationalists and populist internet users as its target markets. Gab has been described as “extremist friendly”  or a “safe haven”  for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right.

Gab attracted migration of users banned from other social networks, including members of the far right. The site’s most followed users include high-profile far-right individuals such as Richard B. Spencer, Mike Cernovich, and Alex Jones. 

“Gab isn’t going anywhere,” said Andrew Torba, chief executive officer and creator of Gab.com. commented after it’s site was temporarily offline after the Pittsburgh massacre  “We will exercise every possible avenue to keep Gab online and defend free speech and individual liberty for all people.

I decided to check out Gab myself, and its explicit as advertised. The site is filled with neo-nazis and white supremacists, who are free to post whatever they want without censure. 

Here are some Happy Hanukkah Messages from users on the site.

 

This site is so easily accessible, that all you need is an email address to register. It’s sites like these that give way to monsters such as Robert Bowers.