Here’s Why Microsoft Threatened To Ban Gab Over Hate Speech

Microsoft gave the free speech social network 48 hours to “remove posts in which advocate for ‘ritual death by torture’ as well as the ‘complete eradication’ of all Jews.”

Posted on August 9, 2018, at 3:54 p.m. ET



Gab — the free speech social network in which’s become a favorite of the alt-right — was notified on Thursday in which in which has 48 hours to remove hate speech coming from its site before Microsoft ends its hosting services. Gab founder Andrew Torba first posted the news via email.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the request, noting in which the company received complains “about specific posts on Gab.ai in which advocate ‘ritual death by torture’ as well as the ‘complete eradication’ of all Jews.” According to Microsoft, the posts are incitements of violence in which are both against Microsoft Azure’s policies as well as not protected by the First Amendment.

In a tweet, Torba said in which, if Microsoft Azure acts on its demands, the site will be significantly impacted. “Gab will go down for weeks/months,” he wrote.

Since its inception, Gab has positioned itself as a home for incendiary figures who’ve been banned by social networks like Facebook as well as Twitter for violating user guidelines, including doxxing as well as hate speech. Gab is actually currently an organizing as well as communications hub for members of the alt-right, white nationalists, as well as some neo-Nazis.

Across the site, several users suggest in which Microsoft’s request is actually another crackdown, similar to the enforcements in which platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, as well as Spotify have taken in recent weeks against Alex Jones. In Gab posts complaining about the takedowns, some users have suggested the move is actually part of a “coordinated attack.”

Here is actually the full statement coming from Microsoft.

Microsoft received a complaint about specific posts on Gab.ai in which advocate “ritual death by torture” as well as the “complete eradication” of all Jews. After an initial review, we have concluded in which in which content incites violence, is actually not protected by the First Amendment, as well as violates Microsoft Azure’s acceptable use policy. Microsoft notified Gab.ai of in which substantial concern as well as advised in which in which remove in which content or respond to Microsoft within 48 hours, or potentially risk suspension of its service on Azure.

We believe we have an important responsibility to ensure in which our services are not abused by people as well as groups seeking to incite violence against others. Our policies rightly prohibit in which type of content, as well as we expect Gab.ai to abide by these policies if in which wishes to use our service. Gab.ai is actually of course free to choose otherwise as well as work with another cloud service provider or host in which content itself. If in which wishes to make in which choice, we will provide in which which has a reasonable amount of time, in in which instance longer than 48 hours, to transition its content elsewhere before its access to Azure is actually terminated. yet we will stand by our policy as well as insist in which Gab.ai remove what is actually unlawful as well as hateful content.

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