Gab, a right-wing alternative to Twitter that is dedicated to free speech, is exploding in popularity after the world’s most famous Twitter user was permanently banned.
The website was experiencing slowdowns over the weekend as it reported a 750% leap in traffic, according to Breitbart.
Terrible news for Twitter
The platform bills itself as a Twitter alternative that respects free speech, and allows all legal content except pornography, Breitbart notes. The site also has a “zero tolerance” policy toward violent threats.
As Breitbart notes, Gab has been targeted by Big Tech companies for years, anyway. The platform has also been the topic of a hostile press, with mainstream media describing it as a hotbed of extremism, but the site is taking off amid an unprecedented crackdown on free speech by Silicon Valley oligarchs.
President Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, and platforms including Reddit and Snapchat have followed suit, according to the BBC, confirming the worst fears of conservatives who have complained for years about censorship of their views. Within hours, Gab was having maintenance issues as users migrated to the platform.
The company is adding new servers to keep up with the jump in new traffic. “Our traffic is up 753% in the past 24 hours. Tens of millions of visits,” the website’s CEO told Breitbart on Saturday.
Blackout, bans prompt innovation, alarm
Gab reportedly takes special precautions to avoid being shut down by Big Tech and plans to release a “Gab phone,” among other innovations, to work around Silicon Valley’s repression, Breitbart noted.
“Meet the Gab Phone. Yes, it’s real. We’re running @GrapheneOS on a Pixel 4a. It’s Android minus everything and anything Google with added security and privacy features,” the company said in a now-deleted tweet.
Parler, another Twitter alternative, was banned from app stores amid the Big Tech crackdown — to the apparent delight of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — while Amazon suspended the platform’s cloud hosting services, according to Fox Business. Parler’s shutdown also made way for Gab’s popularity leap, according to USA Today.
Gab said it saw “more users in the past [two] days than we did in our first two years of existing,” USA Today reported Monday.
Fox Business reported that Twitter saw its stock drop on Monday after the expulsion of its most famous user, an event that has prompted alarm from many conservatives, but liberals as well, with critics warning that Silicon Valley has too much power over public conversation.