Gov Abbott inexplicably trashes Gab as anti-Semitic platform, Texas GOP and company CEO fire back!

Seemingly out of the left-field, as it were, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has spoken out against Big Tech censorship, has condemned Twitter competitor/alternative Gab as anti-Semitic, even though the state GOP has an account on the social media platform with 18,000 followers.

Flanked by State Reps. Phil King and Craig Goldman, the GOP governor said in a brief video clip that has gone viral that “anti-Semitic platforms like Gab have no place in Texas and certainly do not represent Texas values. What does represent Texas values is legislation like this by Representative King and Representative Goldman, that fights anti-Semitism in Texas.”

The legislation in question reportedly relates to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and is purportedly unrelated to social media.

Last week, Abbott indicated that he was backing state legislation that would prevent social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from censoring conservatives.

Similar to the way Parler was treated, vested interests wary of competition have slammed Gab for offensive content. That kind of content is ever-present on social media generally, Gab or anywhere else, however. Critics argue that a double-standard is often in play on the major platforms where liberals are hardly ever sanctioned for extremely objectional posts or violations of terms-of-service standards.

Gab’s Twitter account responded to Abbott that “Gab is not an ‘anti-semitic’ platform. We protect the political speech of all Americans, regardless of viewpoint, because in this age of cancel culture nobody else will. That means unpopular viewpoints may be found on the site.”

Gab has also built out its own infrastructure to avoid being taken down by Big Tech oligarchs. Gab was briefly de-platformed by various service providers in October 2018 after the horrific attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue. The gunman reportedly “wrote multiple anti-Semitic and threatening posts” on Gab, Newsweek reported in October of that year.

In a statement, Gab CEO Andrew Torba addressed Abbott’s claim, writing in part:

“Every month 30 million people use Gab’s services to get access to the free flow of information online…Gov. Abbott’s statement will likely not sit well with the nearly 800,000 Texans who have visited Gab.com in the past 24 hours alone. What is even more strange is that the Texas GOP itself is on Gab with a verified account…The enemies of freedom smear us with every name in the book because they hate America and they hate free speech. It’s a shame to see a GOP politician fall for this trap when conservative values are under sustained attack all over the country…

“There are many Jewish Gab users and customers, whose lawful speech we protect with just as much zeal as we would protect the lawful speech of any person of any faith, ethnicity, or creed. This is what America used to be like: a place where The People could speak freely regardless of their faith, ethnic background, or beliefs. This is the America Gab is fighting to preserve.”

Free-speech advocates came to Gab’s defense after Abbott’s remarks. Here is a sampling:

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