Microsoft Tackles Gab – A Social Network That Promotes Free Speech

It’s possible you have heard of Gab, a social network that supports free speech and has become notorious for its policies. It’s gradually becoming popular among Nigerians and Africans as a whole due to un-ending bans they get from other social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and co.

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Certainly, Gab promotes free speech and all, but it is hosted on a cloud platform and the social network is hosted on Microsoft’s Azure. Well, Gab has announced on Twitter that Azure had given them a 48 hour notice to pull down two posts on their network or the service itself would be would pulled down.

This sanction was issued by Microsoft Azure against Gab due to an abuse report regarding anti-Semitic posts made on the social network by one Patrick_little. The user ended up deleting the post out of his own ‘free will’ as Gab says, but this move by Microsoft has made Gab consider another option.

Since it’s a social network that promotes free speech and that is a controversial move that welcomes posts that contravene with other policies on other networks, it has decided to start pushing for  its independent with the aim of having its own infrastructure.

“The general public is gradually coming to see that their internet experience is increasingly being shaped and influenced by a handful of companies,” Gab says on the website.

Gab is going through a thick sludge, finding itself in a situation where big tech companies are fighting trolls and abusers by not tolerating them on their platforms and who end up in Gab that is hosted on big tech infrastructure. It will be a tough time for them and we’ll see how that will turn out.

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