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Tired of Twitter censorship? Gab claims to offer an alternative
The Coach's Team ^ | 6/11/18 | Jim Bray

Posted on 06/11/2018 8:08:00 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax

In our increasingly divided and partisan society, it appears that some forces are stepping up their efforts to silence others, shutting down debate rather than taking part in it. It's a mark of folks who know they have no winning argument, so therefore have to project, obfuscate and name call rather than actually address issues.

Snowflakes!

This is nothing new, but in the Trump era – in which the losing side of the 2016 presidential election still thinks of itself as the side of goodness despite increasing evidence to the contrary – U.S. President Trump's efforts to drain the deep state swamp seem to be causing new and ever more ominous fits on that side of the ideological ledger. It's quite entertaining to watch!

I don't do Twitter much (generally, I post only to announce when I have new rants on my website), but it has come to my attention that Twitter (and others) is blocking and/or banning certain posters whose ideology may not comport with the looniness that dominates mainstream media and leftists (but I repeat myself). If true, then that mocks the principles of free speech and open discussion that is a great deal of the internet's promise and appeal, though it's also consistent with the "this business refuses the right to refuse service…" canon the left loves until someone refuses to bake a cake.

What's a person to do if he/she/it believes in freedom of expression regardless of whose expression it is?

Well, I've discovered a competitor to Twitter that promises to address the issue. It's called Gab (www.gab.ai), and while it doesn't look like it has nearly the reach that Twitter does, you have to start somewhere.

Gab's philosophy is spelled out in the site's Community Guidelines, which among many other things says...

(Excerpt) Read more at thecoachsteam.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: conservatives; freespeech; gab; gabai; internet; twitter

1 posted on 06/11/2018 8:08:00 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Oldpuppymax
I use three news aggregators and typically have (at least) one browser tab open for each:
  1. Free Republic: Mostly for U.S. news,

  2. Twitter: Mostly for foreign news,

  3. Gab: Mostly for info sources that have been kicked off Twitter.

The volume of stuff on Gab is currently quite small; and sometimes I only check it once or twice a day. I see Gab mostly as something that is waiting in the wings, to be used when and if Twitter completely fails.

2 posted on 06/11/2018 8:24:49 AM PDT by snarkpup (Fake news is one-half of the problem. Fake education is the other half.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

I’m sure, once they build up their “user base”, they’ll become just as homo as twitter.


3 posted on 06/11/2018 8:27:38 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: Oldpuppymax

Gab has become my go-to source for info on anything censored by FB and/or Twitter.


4 posted on 06/11/2018 8:29:29 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
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To: Oldpuppymax
Sorry, not a viable alternative. Tried it, dropped it. Bad first impression. Haven't felt even remotely motivated to revisit.

Next...

5 posted on 06/11/2018 8:34:59 AM PDT by Reno89519 (No Amnesty! No Catch-and-Release! Just Say No to All Illegal Aliens! Arrest & Deport!)
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To: Oldpuppymax

One complaint is the site embraces pornography and tries to split hairs between LEGAL and ILLEGAL pornography. Where is any pornography acceptable?


6 posted on 06/11/2018 8:38:33 AM PDT by Reno89519 (No Amnesty! No Catch-and-Release! Just Say No to All Illegal Aliens! Arrest & Deport!)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Google has been actively censoring conservative and non-PC content in a variety of ways, both via search and on Youtube. Even if they don’t explicitly ban it, they often put up so many hurdles that it is like standing in the tiny “free speech area” on a college campus that it really doesn’t exist.

The Methods and Layers of Censorship on YouTube
https://hubpages.com/technology/The-Methods-and-Layers-of-Censorship-on-YouTube


7 posted on 06/11/2018 8:48:24 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Reno89519

Beggars cant be choosers.

Either help build numbers for alternatives or stop complaining about Twitter.


8 posted on 06/11/2018 8:51:02 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Reno89519

“embraces” implies active measures and I just don’t see that

if you don’t follow people who are into porn you’re not going to see much of it


9 posted on 06/11/2018 8:54:07 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
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To: VanDeKoik
My money is on getting Twitter and Facebook to open up and allow all legal discussion without regard to politics. End their censoreship. They need to embrace being a "public" forum.

So, to your comment, I have been and continue to be an advocate of FIX Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, not tilt at windmill alternatives that don't exist.

10 posted on 06/11/2018 8:54:28 AM PDT by Reno89519 (No Amnesty! No Catch-and-Release! Just Say No to All Illegal Aliens! Arrest & Deport!)
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To: Reno89519

I do have to admire the size and breadth of your choice of windmills. The people running those companies are a key part of the problem.


11 posted on 06/11/2018 9:53:52 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
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To: Reno89519
The question becomes, how do you fix twitter, facebook, even gab.ai? My impression of gab was the same as yours.

In an ideal world, what would a twitter-like site have or not have? Let's create one.

There are plenty of clone sites that you can have standing before the end of the day today that resemble Twitter, so what would your criteria for a good twitter-like site be? You would absolutely need to tweek and fix, but it's doable. Expand hosting as you go.
12 posted on 06/11/2018 10:31:58 AM PDT by tenger (If we don't stay on 'em, they'll get it wrong. - Joe Soucheray)
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To: Reno89519
Where is any pornography acceptable?

Go to google pictures and type in naked sex or something and be amazed, then click on videos for the coarsest stuff you will have ever seen. Did that out of curiosity was amazed by what is available to anyone that wants to look, including your kids if you haven't locked them up in your browser an their phones.

You need to know the enemy you are facing folks.

13 posted on 06/11/2018 11:42:12 AM PDT by itsahoot (Welcome to the New USA where Islam is a religion of peace and Christianity is a mental disorder.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Why is GAB.AI not available on Google Play Store?


14 posted on 08/05/2018 11:00:09 AM PDT by Spacetrucker (George Washington didn't use his freedom of speech to defeat the British - HE SHOT THEM .. WITH GUNS)
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