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  • The social media website Gab went back online Sunday evening,
    after finding a new domain host.
  • Gab was dropped by its original host, Go Daddy, when it was
    revealed that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter was a frequent
    poster on the site.
  • Within minutes of going live, Business Insider found multiple
    new anti-Semitic posts.

Social media website Gab returned to the web Sunday evening and
within minutes users were back to posting anti-Semitic messages.

The website was dropped by its original domain host, Go Daddy,
when it was revealed in the wake of last week’s Pittsburgh
synagogue shooting that the suspected gunman was a frequent
poster on the site.

The morning of the attack, which left 11 congregants dead,
including a Holocaust survivor, accused gunman Robert Bowers
railed against a Jewish refugee organization called the Hebrew
Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).


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Gab
describes itself as “a social network that champions free speech,
individual liberty and free flow of information
online.”


Gab


“HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t
sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics,
I’m going in,” Bowers wrote.

On Sunday, the company announced that they had found a new host,
Epik.com, and that they would be back online soon. The site was
live again around 5 p.m. ET.

Almost immediately users started posting anti-semitic messages
yet again.

Christopher Cantrell, a white nationalist who gained notoriety
after the Charlottesville rally, wrote one of the
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“Hew Jews! We’re back on Gab now. Thanks for the press. Pretty
soon the average citizen is going to figure out that we wouldn’t
be having these problems in your absence, and we genuinely
appreciate your help in stepping up the timeline on that,” he
commented.

“A couple of ancient jews die and everyone freaks out. [Very
very] gay,” another user said.

Gab describes itself as “a social network that champions free
speech, individual liberty and free flow of information online.”
Because of that, it’s often used as a place to post hate speech
and it has become a popular platform among far-right extremists.

The company has stated that they are cooperating with authorities
on the investigation into the Pittsburgh shooting, but has also
defended their platform.

“Social media often brings out the best and the worst of
humanity. From live streamed murders on Facebook, to threats of
violence by bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. that went unaddressed
by Twitter, and more,” the company said in a statement.

“Criminals and criminal behavior exist on every social media
platform.”

Bowers, 46, has since been charged with murdering 11 people
on Oct. 27 in what is being called the worst single attack on the
Jewish community in the US. He has pleaded not guilty to all 44
counts against him.

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