The transparency group DDoSecrets says it will make the 70 GB of passwords, private posts, and more available to researchers, journalists, and social scientists.
Wired March 1, 2021
WHEN TWITTER BANNED Donald Trump and a slew of other far-right users in January, many of them became digital refugees, migrating to sites like Parler and Gab to find a home that wouldn’t moderate their hate speech and disinformation. Days later, Parler was hacked, and then it was dropped by Amazon web hosting, knocking the site offline. Now Gab, which inherited some of Parler’s displaced users, has been badly hacked too. An enormous trove of its contents has been stolen—including what appears to be passwords and private communications.
Krizzia Paolyn Reyes Christianity Daily January 13, 2021
In what seemed as an impossible feat, Gab CEO Andrew Torba restored in their platform all the contents deleted from President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
The Gab founder saved a backup file of all the contents from the President’s Twitter account before it got fully deleted from the social media’s platform. He then put up the re-created version of the President’s previous Twitter posts on Gab’s platform. All comments, nasty or not, were also part of the restoration.
“What’s even more impressive is he did this while traffic was up 700% and under attack from leftists. Gab is currently having servers upgraded to handle the large influx in traffic but we’re told it should stabilize soon,” reports 100% Fed Up, as per the Gateway Pundit.
“The traffic just keeps growing. Hang tight, even more servers on the way today,” Gab CEO Andrew Torba announced on their site.
Gab has had regular contact with US federal law enforcement for years to ensure our platform is not used for unlawful purposes. Public safety is our top priority.
The ADL should be calling for an investigation into Facebook, where the protests were actually organized. Gab is great for a lot of things, but it’s not a utility for organizing events. Facebook, on the other hand, has a dedicated Events feature and there were many Event pages organizing the Jan 6th protests on their platform and several massive Facebook Groups as well.
An organization called Coalition for a Safer Web founded and presently overseen by former US ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg, sued Apple in federal court on January 17 for allowing access to the increasingly popular Telegram app on its platforms.
Coalition for a Safer Web and Greenberg contend that Telegram “is being used by hate groups and extremists to attack the Capitol.”
Filed on Sunday at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit from Ambassador Marc Ginsberg and the Coalition for a Safer Web charges Apple with allowing Telegram to be available in the App Store. This “despite Apple’s knowledge that Telegram is being used to intimidate, threaten, and coerce members of the public.”
Billed as a “non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy organization” to force the removal of extremist and terrorist content from social media platforms, the Coalition claims Apple is failing to follow its own policies and guidelines regarding app content in relation to Telegram. In doing so, Apple allows Telegram’s more malicious users to continue their activities.
Ginsberg was educated abroad and has been involved in US politics since the early 1970s, when he became a legislative aide to Senator Edward Kennedy. In 1994 he was named US Ambassador to Morocco by President Bill Clinton.
Ginsberg is a foreign affairs contributor to several major news outlets and has ties to the US intelligence community, in addition to the Rand Corporation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Brookings Institution. He is chief executive officer of One Voice Movement Foundation, an international NGO advocating for a “two state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.” Ginsberg presently serves as president of Coalition for a Safer Web, which is headquartered in Washington DC.
Ginsberg is no stranger to waging anti-free speech campaigns against social media outlets for allegedly “aiding and abetting” terrorists, arguing how the content of such platforms contributes to “online radicalization.” In 2016, Ginsberg told CNBC,
“Google/YouTube is complicit in aiding and abetting terror because it has failed to voluntarily do what is necessary to remove the most egregious calls for murdering Americans by homegrown lone wolves.”
Now, in addition to targeting “homegrown” terrorists” and “lone wolves,” Ginsberg has set his sites on “seditionist neo-Nazi[s] fleeing Parler” for Telegram, Gab, and other “web-based roach hostels,” according to a January 14 Tweet.
Ginsberg and his organization’s lawsuit comes within one week of the Anti-Defamation League sending a letter to the US Department of Justice demanding an investigation off Gab.com, the Christian-led online alternative to Twitter.
Second: we work with law enforcement, state, federal, and international, to promote public safety. We proactively report when our moderation team discovers content which we believe poses an imminent threat to life and respond rapidly when law enforcement identifies any such threat. We do not comment on our communications with law enforcement in emergency situations, even when it is inconvenient to do so from a public relations perspective.
Third: we do not preemptively scan user content for criminal speech. Before the Capitol was occupied by protestors we had no idea what would come from today’s protests in D.C.
Fourth: as a result of app store bans, we do not have a mobile app. The majority of our users use Gab on desktop devices, which obviously are not easy to bring and use at a protest. The overwhelming majority of people using Gab today were observing the protest from home and reporting what they saw online.
Fifth: the people in attendance at today’s event in D.C. are on Twitter and Facebook, too, and in far larger numbers than Gab.
To be perfectly honest, organizations like the New York Times are the problem here. Over the course of 2020, political violence across the United States has been normalized by Democratic Party politicians and the mainstream media who excused away and refused to enforce the law against “peaceful protestors” – in reality violent agitators and domestic terrorists – who embarked upon various outrages including the occupation of several square blocks of Seattle, the setting fire to small businesses and federal buildings across the U.S., and yes, even forcing D.C. to board up on more than one occasion.
There are two emerging narratives that are being seeded by the mainstream media as weapons for censoring post-election information online. I know this first-hand because I’m getting inbound media requests daily asking how Gab plans to “handle the election.”
Graphika partners with DARPA, The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Facebook, Google and more to “map social media landscapes and reveal unique patterns in information diffusion.” In other words: it appears that Graphika partners with the Deep State, the mainstream media, and Big Tech to track you and shut you up.
This week a new narrative is emerging: pressure social networks to censor post-election information from President Trump and anyone who supports him.
Last month Gab.com and its chief executive Andrew Torba were denied services by Visa corporation. They were offered no explanation, yet it’s apparently because of the social media platform’s mission of providing a free speech-oriented alternative to Twitter. “This is obviously very concerning,” Torba says.
“We have done nothing wrong. Gab is and always has been a legally operated business. We sell hats, shirts, and a software subscription service that unlocks new features on Gab. My personal credit score is in the 800’s. I pay my bills. I have a wife and daughter to provide for, yet we are all being punished and defamed because someone at Visa has it out for me.”
As Torba suggests in the statement below, Silicon Valley media tech giants and their allies like Visa have no sense of fair play. Like the past century’s communist totalitarians, their approach to any individual or entity that poses a challenge and is at variance with the “party line” is to silence them at any cost.-Ed.
Andrew Torba CEO, Gab.com
As many of you already know we learned last week that Visa blacklisted Gab and we are now unable to process credit and debit card transactions. We learned more information this week and I think it’s important that I share it as a warning for others.
It’s not just Gab that is blacklisted. It’s also my family.
In China there is something called the Social Credit System, which was developed by the Communist Chinese Party as a “national reputation system.” This system tracks the “trustworthiness” of individuals, businesses, and organizations. “Trustworthiness” here means total and complete submission to the Chinese Communist Party. If the Communist Party deems you to be untrustworthy, you are denied access to plane tickets, train tickets, opening and operating businesses, and more.
“As of June 2019, according to the National Development and Reform Commission of China, 26.82 million air tickets as well as 5.96 million high-speed rail tickets have been denied to people who were deemed “untrustworthy (失信)” (on a blacklist), and 4.37 million “untrustworthy” people have chosen to fulfill their duties required by the law.”
To most Americans this sounds horrifying, and it is. I now know from first-hand experience because this social credit system exists in the United States. While it may not be sanctioned by the United States government, it most certainly has been deployed by US corporations who today have in many ways more power, data, and control over our lives than our government does. Many of these corporations also happen to be endorsing and raising money for communist organizations, revolutionaries, and the domestic terrorists burning down our cities.
We were told this week that not only is Gab blacklisted by Visa as a business, but my personal name, phone number, address, and more are all also blacklisted by Visa. If I wanted to leave Gab tomorrow (something that isn’t going to happen) and start a lemonade stand I wouldn’t be able to obtain merchant processing for it.
Simply because my name is Andrew Torba.
If my wife wants to start a business she won’t be able to obtain merchant processing because she lives at the same address as me and would be flagged by Visa.
This is obviously very concerning. We have done nothing wrong. Gab is and always has been a legally operated business. We sell hats, shirts, and a software subscription service that unlocks new features on Gab. My personal credit score is in the 800’s. I pay my bills. I have a wife and daughter to provide for, yet we are all being punished and defamed because someone at Visa has it out for me.
We were told that Visa has someone camping on our website watching our payment processing. As soon as we get a new processor up they find out who it is on their end and contact them. They tell the processor that Gab is flagged for “illegal activity” and if they do not stop processing payments for us they will be heavily fined.
When the processor inquires about this alleged “illegal activity,” Visa tells them that Gab has been flagged for “hate speech.” “Hate speech,” is of course not illegal in the United States of America and is protected by the First Amendment. As I have written, it’s not real and I refuse to acknowledge it as term. Visa doesn’t agree with me.
The reason I share all of this is that I hope it serves as a wakeup call and as a warning.
If they can do this to me, they can do it to you and they likely will.
Christians need to be especially concerned and aware of this. The Communist revolutionaries taking over the United States are coming for us all. It’s only a matter of time before the Bible is labeled as “hate speech” and churches start to experience what I am going through right now.
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:17
On Saturday morning, October 27, 2017, a mass shooting was reported at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill region of Pittsburgh, PA. A suspect, Robert Gregory Bowers, was apprehended at the scene, after being wounded by SWAT officers. Before he was taken into custody, Bowers is said to have killed 11 of the congregants and injured six, including four members of the SWAT team that he engaged in two separate gun battles. Bowers was allegedly armed with “an AR-15-style assault rifle,” a Glock pistol, and two other handguns.
The officers who rushed to the scene came upon Mr. Bowers as he was trying to leave the synagogue. He fired at them, injuring one officer in the hand, according to the criminal complaint. Another officer had injuries to his face from shrapnel and broken glass. Mr. Bowers then darted back inside and ran up to the third floor.
At that point, a SWAT team went in and came upon the scene of the massacre. Two people were still alive and the police carried them out. As they were searching for other victims, SWAT officers encountered Mr. Bowers, who fired at them and critically injured two officers.
The remaining officers “engaged the suspect in a gun battle in which multiple rounds were exchanged,” the criminal complaint said. At some point in the shootout, Mr. Bowers was wounded, and he eventually surrendered to the police.
Bowers reportedly entered the synagogue just before 10 am, and “the Allegheny County Emergency Operations center received calls of an active shooter at 9:54 am ET…Officers were dispatched at 9:55 am,” according to CNN. In all, Bowers is said to have been inside the synagogue for a full 20 minutes.