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Silicon Valley Startup Wants You to 'Gab'

New social network takes on Twitter

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    Silicon Valley Startup Wants You to 'Gab'

    As Twitter knocks people off its site for being offensive, another Bay Area social network is trying to fill the gap. Scott Budman reports. (Published Monday, Aug. 22, 2016)

    As Twitter knocks people off its site for being offensive, another Bay Area social network is trying to fill the gap.

    “Gab” is inviting all comers to its site, and they’re coming at a super fast pace.

    The site, still in beta, claims more than 10,000 people have already signed up for the social network that says it wants to bring free speech back to the web.

    After all, says Gab CEO Andrew Torba, “what is free speech if we don’t have the ability to offend people?”

    Torba says his site is catching on so fast, there’s already backlash – some calling Gab the “alt right” version of Twitter.

    Not so, says Torba. Yes, he says, say what you want; as long as it’s not terrorist speech, “you’re released on Gab to speak freely.” But there are ways to avoid being offended. You as a Gab user can block a person, a term, even a hashtag, if it offends you.

    There are 300 characters allowed per post, so you can go longer than Twitter, but if you’re waiting for Gab, be patient.

    It’s a skeleton crew putting the site together, and lots of people want in.

    Scott gabs on Twitter: @scottbudman

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