CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – Following Thursday’s news that South African business tycoon Elon Musk had made an unsolicited offer to buy 100 percent of Twitter for $54.20 per share, which would equate to a whopping $43.4 billion , the CEO of the conservative social media website Gab .com encouraged the CEO of Tesla and the richest man in the world to invest in his platform, which has built its own infrastructure.
Gab is a microblogging platform similar to Twitter and has attracted users and groups, many from the far-right community, who have been excluded from other social media platforms and users looking for alternatives to mainstream social media platforms, according to the CEO Andrew Torba.
“I founded Gab in 2016 because I believe in its potential to be the platform for freedom of expression around the world and I believe that freedom of expression is a social imperative for a functioning federal constitutional republic,” he said.
Torba in an email newsletter on Friday applauded Musk’s goal of taking over Twitter and turning it into a “platform for freedom of expression”, but warned him it would be an uphill battle due to the logistics of Twitter itself, plus what he claimed was rampant censorship by tech companies around the world.
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Twitter has legacy issues that Gab doesn’t. They totally depend on third-party infrastructure. We are not. We “build our own”, everything. Hosting, email services, analytics tools, e-commerce, payment processing, everything. We built it all,” he said. “You also have to consider that bringing freedom of expression to Twitter is not as simple as buying it. Apple and Google don’t allow free speech, so if you stop censorship, they’ll kick Twitter out of both app stores. We already solved that problem and got over it.”
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“Twitter operates in countries where the law requires mass censorship. They have offices in these countries. They have no choice but to comply with the censorship demands of those countries or they risk being shut down, fined, etc,” Torba continued. “We understand this very well and we have confronted it, telling those countries to miss out.”
Torba also stated that the Twitter community “leaves massively to the left and therefore against freedom of expression” and would abandon the platform of Musk’s plans to eliminate censorship; this would result in reduced advertising revenue, he said.
Rather than roll the dice with his possible acquisition of Twitter, Torba encouraged Musk to abandon those plans and join Gab, which in recent years has faced accusations of racist and anti-Semitic content from users that has resulted in problems with Twitter. sustainable web hosting services; Torba has responded to those claims, insisting instead that his website is the victim of global attacks. “Great Tech” censorship.
As a means of alleviating the platform’s web hosting problems, Torba suggested the use of a satellite Internet network operated by Musk’s company SpaceX, offering him a seat on the Gab Board of Directors and the opportunity to invest in the company. company.
“What we lack right now is an ISP. I fear that the next big leap in censorship is at the ISP level, with the ISP blocking access to Gab.com. Solve that problem with Starlink. Together we can build an infrastructure for a free speech Internet,” he said. “I am willing to offer you a Board seat along with shares in the company in exchange for you selling your Twitter position and investing $2 billion in Gab. My offer is my best and last offer.”
“Gab has extraordinary potential. Let’s unlock it together,” added Torba.
Musk has yet to comment publicly on Gab’s offer.