The alt-tech social media platform Gab has faced almost constant attack by Leftists since its inception as a Twitter alternative back in 2016. Gab has found itself deplatformed from most major tech platforms. Paypal banned Gab back in 2018 after it was revealed that the Tree of Life synagogue shooter had an account.
Now, payment processor Visa has blacklisted Gab for allegedly promoting “hate speech:”
“Gab does no such thing,” its CEO Andrew Torba responded. “This is like saying Google ‘promotes hate speech’ because you can search racial slurs on their search engine and get results. Gab is a neutral technology platform. We follow the law, have an excellent relationship with law enforcement, and have a clear set of community guidelines that detail what is allowed on our website and what is not.”
Gab added that it had been abruptly banned by two separate underwriting banks in June without cause for “risk related reasons” and noted that it has been under attack at the payment processing level all month long.
“These banks have no problem processing payments for pornography websites which are loaded with child exploitation, human trafficking, and more,” wrote Torba. “They have no problem processing payments for cannabis, which is still illegal at the federal level. They have no problems processing payments for gambling websites.”
Gab is now unable to process payments electronically, with the exception of bitcoins. Gab is also able to process checks and e-checks, at least for the moment.
The common refrain from “true conservatives” is these companies are private entities who can ban whoever they like. “Build your own website,” they screech.
What happens when even banks deplatform you for your political beliefs? Are free speech advocates supposed to build their own banks?