In addition to being cut off by Paypal, Gab is down again. A number of readers have emailed to tell me about this Twitter post:
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.
If you recall, the original cause of my break with Gab and Andrew Torba was due to his absolute refusal to eliminate the criminal and pornographic material that infested the site. I told him that it wasn’t about me or my preference for not being libeled, it was something that he was going to have to do if he wanted Gab to remain operational. I even offered to design a game-style moderation system that would have eliminated any need for an Orwellian Trust & Safety Council of the sort that Twitter, Facebook, and Indiegogo presently utilize.
And we all know how that ended. Instead of listening to me, Torba responded by calling me a crybaby for protesting his free-speech defense of the Alt-Retards who were not only libeling me, but also posting images of a woman being gang-raped by Africans with my wife’s head photoshopped onto it on Gab.
So, I have absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for either Gab or Torba. I was confident that Torba’s stubbornness, volatility, and lack of professionalism was eventually going to sink the site, and it’s more than a little appropriate that it should be Gab’s connection to the very Alt-Retards he defended so assiduously that is proving to be its primary vulnerability to those seeking to destroy it.
Regardless, the entire Right is going to have to divorce itself from the techno-Left, and it will have to do so sooner rather than later. A number of people are already working on solutions to everything from the domain registrations to the payment processors, but in the meantime, get off Twitter, get off Facebook, get off Wikipedia, and start using alternatives such as Oneway, Idka, and Infogalactic. We can, and we will, rout around these artificial barriers being imposed by the converged technology giants, but it’s going to take time, patience, and effort. And most of all, it’s going to require the willingness to actually leave the enemy sites.
In that vein, it’s important to understand the SJW’s Code of Conduct offensive in the Open Source space is intended to deny us the ability to do that. But remember, they can only win if you give up and submit.