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Gab: Everything you need to know about the fast-growing, controversial social network

January 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Gab, an alternative social media network popular with conservatives, the alt-right and some extremists, is surging in popularity after conservative social network Parler was effectively taken off the internet in the wake of the January 6 Capitol siege.

New York (CNN Business)Gab, an alternative social media network popular with conservatives, the alt-right and some extremists, is surging in popularity after conservative social network Parler was effectively taken off the internet in the wake of the January 6 Capitol siege.

During that time period, people visited Gab 55 million times, viewing 100 million pages on the social network, Gab said.

Gab, founded in 2016, coins itself as the "free speech social network" with a mission to "defend, protect and preserve free speech online for all people," according to its website description.

But, unlike those mainstream social media networks, Gab features virtually no moderation of the content users post.

Gab's lax approach on content has made way for a slew of QAnon conspiracy theories, misinformation and anti-Semitic commentary on the platform, among lots of vile hatred and racist posts -- much of wouldn't be allowed on today's well-known social apps (although mainstream social networks have their own problems moderating extremism as well).

Gab was founded by Andrew Tobra, an entrepreneur Trump supporter, who describes himself as a "conservative Republican Christian. " Tobra, who used to work in Silicon Valley, created the alternative network in response to reports that social platforms like Facebook were biased against conservatives.

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