Howard Dean wants conservative-friendly social media platform ‘Gab’ tried as an accomplice to murder

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean slammed the company Gab and called for the social network to be tried as an “accomplice to murder.”

The platform was taken offline after it was revealed that the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter had posted threats against Jews on the site.

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“You are a facilitator of neo nazis and other haters. You should be tried for being an accomplice to murder,” Dean, a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted Sunday.

The company fired back at Dean, declaring that it defended people’s First Amendment rights, even if it did not agree with the posted speech. announced Monday that it would be “inaccessible for a period of time” after losing its hosting provider.

Suspected gunman Robert Bowers, who allegedly opened fire at Tree of Life synagogue Saturday murdering 11 people, reportedly targeted Jews on the social media platform which has been billed as an alternative to Twitter.

The ‘free speech social network,” as Gab bills itself, was given a day by domain provider,, to switch to another provider.

The company tweeted about being banned from using Stripe and PayPal as payment processors, and the cloud hosting service Joyent. The publisher Medium had also removed its posts, Gab reported.

“We have been smeared … for working with law enforcement to ensure that justice is served for the horrible atrocity committed in Pittsburgh,” it said, CNN reported.

In a statement, PayPal announced it was taking “immediate” action in the wake of Gab’s alleged “perpetuation of hate.”

“When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action,” PayPal said.

Founded by Andrew Torba in 2016, Gab basically allowed its nearly 800,000 users to post freely about anything.

GoDaddy’s directive apparently caused Gab to seek an overseas provider.

Hosting provider Joyent announced it would suspend Gab’s service on Oct. 29, as Stripe, a payment processor, said it would cancel transfers to Gab’s bank account “effective immediately,” according to Gizmodo.

The social media platform defiantly tweeted about the “attacks” it was facing.

Dean’s call for Gab to be tried as an “accomplice” sparked heated debate on Twitter as some agreed that the company should have been more responsible while others called for the same standard to be used against Facebook and Twitter, slamming Dean in the process.


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