Founder of free speech platform Gab.com, Andrew Torba’s personal merchant account on Coinbase has been terminated, Gab.com tweeted on Jan. 4.
Gab.com is increasingly finding it difficult to find a payment processor, due to its reputation for being the social network for people banned from mainstream platforms for hate speech.
In October, however, it would be recalled that the New York Times mentioned Gab as a social network used by the shooter in Pittsburgh to post a final message before he attacked a synagogue.
After the shooting, Torba stated that the Pittsburgh shooter did not represent the broader user base of the social media site. Gab describes itself on its website as a “social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online. All are welcome.”
Coinbase seem to be clamping down on platforms that violates its terms of service, recalled it April, 2019 it also closed down the merchant account merchandise shop of the anonymous international publishing nonprofit WikiLeaks. This was largely due to the fact that in December 2017, WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange, had urged donors to contribute to the online publication by using cryptocurrencies in order to skirt the so-dubbed financial blockade by national governments.
Other sites, as well as payment processors have kicked out Gab.com due to its support for hate speech following the synagogue attacks in Pittsburgh, with Paypal being the latest major platform to show Gab the door. Apple also has refused to host the site’s app in its iOS store, while in August, Google removed the app from the Google Play store, for violating the company’s hate speech policy. Microsoft threatened to stop hosting the site after a pair of anti-Semitic posts were published on the site in July of this 2018.