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Conservatives Purged by Twitter Flocking to Gab

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By    |   Friday, 18 Nov 2016 12:36 PM

Twitter's recent purge of alt-right users has sent conservatives to a new social media platform: Gab.

Gab means to "put people first and promote people first," according to its founder Andrew Torba, speaking to Fast Company.

Richard Spencer, leader of the National Policy Institute think tank who coined the term "alt-right," moved to Gab after his own Twitter account was suspended on Tuesday.

"My impression of Gab is that it's a better platform than Twitter (in terms of software)," Spencer wrote in one post, according to The Guardian. "Obviously, the big issue is the ‘network effect,' so we'll see what happens. I'm hopeful."

"Hateful and harassment are subjective terms," Torba added, while explaining that Gab gives users the ability to mute words or accounts they don't wish to see.

Despite the influx of conservative users, Torba insists that Gab is "not for a specific group," and explained the prevalence of conservative tops trending on Gab, saying, "people see what's trending and they create that content and tag that content. That's why you're seeing those same trends at the top."

The Atlantic's conservative commentator David Frump announced his opposition the recent Twitter purge as the wrong way of solving the problem of abuse and harassment on the social media platform.

"Over the past two decades, Americans have constructed systems of intellectual silencing that stifle the range of debate among responsible and public-spirited people," he wrote.

"They've resigned hugely important topics to the domain of cranks and haters. If the only people who'll talk about the risks and costs of a more diverse society are fascists, then the fascists will gain an audience.

"So long as they refrain from incitement and harassment, the right way to deal with social media's neo-Nazis is not by taking away their platforms, but by taking away their audiences, by welcoming a more open and more intelligent discussion of what Americans yearn most to hear about."

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