Wednesday, October 28, 2020

GAB CEO's Open Letter to President Trump on Section 230

Today, executives from several of the Big Tech firms will be testifying before congress regarding their censorship of conservative viewpoints on their platforms. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act will be much discussed at today's hearing. Section 230 gives some legal protections to technology firms, by preventing lawsuits over content other people post to their platforms. Some folks want to remove section 230 protection as a way of punishing Big Tech for its censorship. However, this is an emotional reaction, not a rational one, and will only provide Big Tech with an excuse for MORE censorship, and will likely result in alt-tech firms, such as GAB, being sued out of existence by activist groups. Anyone against censorship should support section 230. 

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The following open letter from GAB founder and CEO, Andrew Torba, to President Trump explains this situation in some detail:

Dear Mr. President: 

Gab AI Inc. (“Gab”) is a small company that has been a repeat victim of Big Tech’s immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. 

We are attacked by Big Tech because we stand for freedom and because we compete with their control over the flow of information online. We operate a social media site that has one core rule: political speech that is protected by the First Amendment is allowed on our site. We do not take sides. 

We run an entirely legal business. We proactively engage with U.S. and international law enforcement to keep illegal activity, and criminals, off of our platform. 

We refuse to censor legal speech. For this, we have been the target of extreme left-wing activists who have been successful in getting us banned from:

-The Apple App Store, the Google Play App Store, the Mozilla Extension Store, and the Google Chrome Extension Store.

-By payment platforms including Stripe, Paypal, Square, BitPay, Coinbase, and Visa. 

-By hosting companies including Joyent, Azure, Backblaze, and Amazon AWS. 

-By storefronts including Shopify and Gumroad.

-By third party software tools including Embedly, Helpscout, Pusher, Medium, and Mailgun. 

-From crowdfunding websites including Patreon, StartEngine LA, and even our own whitelabeled portal when Amazon AWS refused to run it. 

-From Twitter Ads. 

In short, Section 230 – and political bias – has allowed Big Tech to deplatform us from practically every single major resource required to operate our business. 

We have every reason to hate Section 230. 

But we want you to keep Section 230 exactly the way it is. 

Section 230 helps the little guy. We seek to protect free speech on the Internet, and Section 230 is the only thing that stands between us and an avalanche of lawsuits from activist groups and foreign governments who don’t like what our millions of users and readers have to say. Without Section 230, we couldn’t stand up to these oppressive forces that want to eliminate free speech online. With Section 230, we can. 

All over the world, the market is providing free speech-oriented alternatives to Big Tech. The single best thing you could do if you want to beat Twitter is NOT to abolish Section 230, which will take years and will hurt the companies you need to protect conservative thought – and indeed all free thought – on the Web.

The best thing you could do is to use sites like to disseminate content and information your supporters need to read. The Free Speech Internet is growing fast as millions of people make the move over to Gab. If you join the Free Speech Internet it will grow even faster.

We have reserved an account for you at Do the right thing – do the effective thing, the thing that will help end Twitter and Facebook’s dominance over the Web for good – and get on Gab, and join us in our mission to make the Internet free again. 

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Torba, CEO

October 16th, 2020

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