Update4: Now website registrar GoDaddy has given Gab the boot, giving them just one day to transfer to a new provider.
BREAKING: @GoDaddy is threatening to suspend our domain (which is worth six figures) if we do not transfer to a new provider by tomorrow. This is madness. @realDonaldTrump @parscale I hope you are paying attention. pic.twitter.com/5hsXKW5NvB— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 29, 2018
Update3: Gab has given an interview to NPR regarding the situation:
Update2: Gab's Chief Technology Officer, Ekrem Büyükkaya, announced on Sunday that he was leaving the company because the "attacks from the American press have been relentless for two years now and have taken a toll on me personally."
Gab, through Torba, has always pitched itself as an alternative to Silicon Valley social media sites, attracting a user base of people who believe companies like Twitter and Facebook are deliberately censoring their views. In 2016, when Twitter strengthened its policy against "hateful conduct" and banned a number of far-right and white supremacist accounts, Torba said Gab gained 60,000 users in eight days.
The platform itself is a combination of many of the sites that Gab would like to replace. The site works like a hybrid of Reddit and Twitter, where users can post character-limited messages, and respond, comment and vote other users' posts up or down. Alex Jones, who has 55,000 followers on Gab, often promotes his live broadcasts there since he has been banned from YouTube and Twitter. -My San Antonio
Update: Gab has secured a new host:
New hosting provider secured. Working around the clock to see to it that https://t.co/J3Rfto6fi3 stays online. You can’t stop the power of The People in their fight for freedom and liberty against tyranny.— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 28, 2018
FREE SPEECH WILL ALWAYS WIN. pic.twitter.com/IFZbwqf5YZ
Following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, social media network Gab was given notice by its hosting provider, Joyent, that they have until Monday to move the website elsewhere before they would disable it.
In a Sunday tweet, Gab said: "@joyent, Gab’s new hosting provider, has just pulled our hosting service. They have given us until 9am on Monday to find a solution. Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions."
Breaking: @joyent, Gab’s new hosting provider, has just pulled our hosting service. They have given us until 9am on Monday to find a solution. Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions. We will never give up on defending free speech for all people. pic.twitter.com/YvnBOFoQQn— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 28, 2018
Thanks to Gab, these law enforcement agencies now have concrete evidence and a clear motive. MORE speech is ALWAYS the answer.— Gab.com🍂 (@getongab) October 28, 2018
Now Gab is being forced off the internet for the disgusting actions of one man.
Gab came under fire immediately after the shooting when it was revealed that suspected attacker Robert Bowers was an active user who frequently ranted against Jews and President Trump. His last post on Gab reads in part: "Screw your optics, I'm going in" shortly before killing 11 people at the Tree of Life congregation in Squirrel Hill.
Hours after the shooting, PayPal severed ties with Gab with no explanation:
Reactions to Gab's "deplatforming" have ranged from shock to applause.
Despite my being very liberal and veering decidedly left on the political spectrum, I see this as a terrible thing...we need to be able to discuss these issues and forcing certain viewpoints underground or out of the way is not right...ever— Melissa (@winkle1983) October 28, 2018
Ridiculous decision @joyent This nut job was always going to commit this horrific crime, whether he made public comments or not. The fact that he did make public comments have helped FBI & DOJ. Silencing people doesn't stop their physical actions does it?! Gab is not responsible!— Mark Morris (@MarkMorris1980) October 28, 2018
"Cry me a River" pic.twitter.com/K4OaCjf48d— American Patriot 🌊 🌊 (@rjldenny) October 28, 2018
They've already received at least one offer for a new host:
We would be more than glad to work with you https://t.co/9yOTMS2WZQ, we also think free speech is important we are an almost 1 year old hosting provider and host multiple free speech chan's and sites and have not bent over to censoring our clients or kicking them out.— Sibyl Systems LTD (@sibyl_ltd) October 28, 2018
As Gab and others noted yesterday following PayPal's decision, Robert Bowers posted to other social media networks, while plenty of bigoted, threatening and "hateful" content exists on the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere.