GAB – The new Social media for Pro-Trump Supporters

Have you heard of Gab? or The #MAGA , on a scale of 1-10, you are likely to be more familiar with the latter than the former, but the former has begun to gain prominence through the activities of those believers of  the #Maga mantra. Fun Fact : MAGA means Make America Great Again, the mantra used by president-elect , Donald Trump during his campaign

History

The Gab is a social media platform majorly used and frequented by Pro-Trump supporters . It was founded in August, following the high-profile banning of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos from Twitter for harassment. Looking like a cleanly designed hybrid of Twitter and Reddit, it allows users to post updates without character limits, with memes, links and gifs   the social network whose logo is not a blue bird, but a Pepe frog, and you’ll  definitely get a different take on the election especially if you don't like Trumpism . According to this  article by Jason Wilson, the site in recent times appears to have had an influx of users.  

Gab : The New Social Media For Pro-Trump Supporters

Those who have been able to get in – reportedly the service currently has tens of thousands of people on its waiting list – will see that many of the most read and upvoted content comes from alt-right accounts that have long since been bounced from Twitter. As a result, spending time on Gab feels like hanging out with exiled ghosts. Self-described “free speech activist” and alt-right influencer @ricky_vaughn99 was kicked off Twitter weeks back. A series of attempted resurrections with alternative accounts also failed. But he is alive and well on Gab. He got lots of upvotes when he gabbed:
Clickbait failed to get The Cunt elected. George Soros and other billionaires will cut funding for clickbait. Big journalistic layoffs are on the way!”
 

Was Twitter Ban-hammer policy right?

The service has had a boost in the last few days. That appears to have a direct relationship to the fact that since the election, Twitter has applied the ban-hammer to a number of prominent alt-right accounts. At the Atlantic yesterday, conservative commentator David Frum wrote that this was a bad idea. He pointed out that there was no evidence of harassment from at least some of the banned accounts, and argued that “the right way to deal with social media’s neo-Nazis is not by taking away their platforms, but by taking away their audiences”.
There’s something compelling about that argument when one logs into Gab. What use are bans in an era when the alt-right can go ahead and create, or adopt, their own platforms? The trending topics indicating a strong presence from that camp: #MAGA (Make America Great Again), #PresidentTrump and #AltRight. If you burrow into them you’ll see the same memes, IQ charts and pseudo-scientific maps of racial attributes that alt-right accounts still spread on Twitter. Gab founder and CEO of the service, Andrew Torba, insisted in a “gab” that “we welcome everyone and always will”. But so far, you need to look pretty hard to find accounts not posting a pro-Trump line. In case you want to visit Gab, click hereFacebooktwittergoogle_plus

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