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Social media platform Gab revealed Sunday the site has been collecting hateful and potentially illegal threats, slurs, and other comments in response to President Donald Trump’s posts on Twitter.
“For months we have been backing up every reply to Donald Trump’s tweets. We call this project the Liberal Hate Machine,” the site noted via Twitter, in a post that has since been deleted or taken down but was documented by Twitchy.
“It conducts sentiment analysis to detect threats of violence, slurs, and more. There’s a LOT. It’s searchable too. Stay tuned,” the tweet said.
Another post on Sunday that has also since been taken down said: “We have over 100 million tweets collected of the very hateful people on this website making the most disgusting (and highly illegal) replies to the President and other conservatives.”
The Gab account also posted a screengrab of “the ‘hate’ on Twitter today,” adding it is a “very hateful place.” That tweet has also been removed.
Trump’s tweets regularly drew outraged replies, including some that some people might consider threatening.
As for Gab’s posts, Before they were taken down, they also drew some responses that appear to prove the platform’s “hate” claims.
Warning: Strong language
None of these tweets are anywhere close to "illegal" and not even the freaks who flocked to Parler want anything to do with your Nazi shithole. https://t.co/wo2M64EUIj
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) January 11, 2021
“None of these tweets are anywhere close to ‘illegal’ and not even the freaks who flocked to Parler want anything to do with your Nazi s**thole,” attorney Ari Cohn wrote. “All the Nazis are very mad about being called Nazis. So mad that they’re replying with…Nazi things. Boring and predictable.
All the Nazis are very mad about being called Nazis. So mad that they're replying with….Nazi things.
Boring and predictable.
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) January 11, 2021
Gab, like Parler, have both experienced meteoric increases in users over the past several months as Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms have ramped up censorship and bans of many conservatives, including President Trump.
Gab officials said Monday the site was gaining 10,000 new users an hour, many of whom came from Twitter. At the same time, after banning the president, Twitter’s stock tanked 12 percent on Monday, a $5 billion loss.
But unlike Parler, which has gone dark after Amazon Web Services (AWS) deplatformed the site and both Apple and Google dropped their apps, Gab has spent the past several months building its own infrastructure.
“You can’t get banned from Amazon when you own your own servers like we do. It’s not just ‘build your own social network.’ It’s build your own:
“So that’s exactly what we did,” the site wrote in a now-deleted tweet documented by Newsbusters.
Parler founder and CEO John Matze said in a statement Monday the app will be offline “longer than expected” because other cloud-hosting firms have all declined to work with the company.
“We will likely be down longer than expected,” wrote Matze. “This is not due to software restrictions — we have our software and everyone’s data ready to go. Rather it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well.”
“Most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us. We will update everyone and update the press when we are back online,” he added.
A spokesperson for AWS told CNBC that the company dropped Parler after reviewing posts on the platform that called for violence before and after last week’s U.S. Capitol riot.
“We respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow,” said an AWS spokesperson. “However, it is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and incites violence against others, and that Parler is unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our terms of service.”
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