GAB CEO: “I had very close relationships with Facebook and Twitter…”I got to see the evils of their business model for many years”…”What we’re seeing in America right now is the rise of Communism” [VIDEO]
During an interview with WBRE, a local tv station in Scranton, PA, Andrew Torba, the Christian CEO of Gab, answered many of the questions Americans are asking about the alternative, free speech platform.
100 Percent Fed Up – Torba explains why he founded GAB in 2016 as an alternative, free speech social media platform:
“I was living and working in Silicon Valley at the time, and I had very close relationships inside of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, by nature of my last start-up company which was a digital advertising company,” Torba explained, adding, “I got to see the evils of their business model for many years.” The GAB CEO explained that because of the many relationships he developed within these big tech companies, he had “insider sources” who warned him that “the rise of censorship was coming and was inevitable.”
Torba shared that he witnessed the manipulation of trending topics on Facebook, “which a whistleblower from inside of Facebook leaked in May of 2016,” explaining, “And that is what really pushed me over the edge.”
“This whistleblower from Facebook admitted that they were actively suppressing conservative news, conservative topics, conservative sources, conservative stories from the trending topics product, which is used by billions of people every day as a source of news. They have since retired this process since the whistleblower came out,” he explained.
“So, that was really the impetus behind starting this. The left was saying if you don’t like, go build your own—so that’s exactly what I did,” Torba said.
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When Torba was asked what he sees happening right now in America, he responded: “Free speech and the free flow of information has never been more important,” he said, adding, “What we’re seeing in America right now is the rise of Communism—plain and simple. If you study history, you can see many parallels of communist regimes that have risen up throughout history to what is happening right here in the United States of America, right now today.
Their, I guess, impetus is critical theory, which is a demonic and toxic ideology that basically destroys everything around itself.”
Torba blasted the big tech bullies for their part in the communist takeover of America, “And anybody that criticizes this uprising, this oligarchy that we’re seeing, this communist regime uprising that we’re seeing from these billionaire elites who think that they own this country, that think that they run this country, is silenced, and that includes the president, that includes the 75 million Americans who support the president.”
Torba explained that they were the first to have their apps pulled from Google and Apple. They were banned from Amazon like Parler, and they fought back by buying their own servers. Email companies have pulled their services from GAB, preventing them from communicating outside of their platform with users. The free speech network has also been banned from VISA, saying they cant’ accept credit cards on their platform, including Paypal and other financial services.
“We will build the free speech internet that is grounded in American law and First Amendment free speech protections for everyone around the world, if we have to do it from the ground up—whatever it takes, we will get it done!”
“We call them ‘community members’ Torba explained, as opposed to Facebook and Twitter, who dehumanize the people on their platform by calling them “users.”
Torba explained that they are not funded by a billionaire or a venture capitalist firm, that their community members fund them. “We saw a spike last week after the Capitol protests,” explaining that GAB witnessed 40 million people who visited the site this week and that they’re getting 600-700K sign ups per day, calling it “unprecedented,” saying, “We’ve never seen this type of growth in our history.” He explained that people from all over the world are flocking to their platform to enjoy free speech, saying that they have a much better moderation policy than Facebook and Twitter.
GAB has 3 rules:
1.We have no tolerance for threats of violence. Torba explained how GAB monitors it’s community members. “We have a decentralized army that are moderating their own groups,” he said, adding that when community members see something that concerns them, they notify GAB, and we act accordingly.