Gab, a purportedly uncensored social media microblogging platform, has recently revealed it sent its over 850,000 users an email promoting bitcoin as “free speech money” that’s censorship-resistant and allows for free speech to continue online.
The organization’s email was sent in the wake of various high-profile online censorship cases, where alternative media personalities and platforms have been de-platformed. As Vice reported, last year saw crowdfunding platform Patreon ban the accounts of figures associated with the alt and far right.Media Censorship Turning Political Commentators to Bitcoin
These figures included British YouTuber Carl Benjamin, known as Sargon of Akkad, political commentator James Allsup, and political activist and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
Other platforms, including PayPal, are known to have de-platformed individuals and organizations. These include right wing reporter Tommy Robinson, which has since turned to bitcoin, controversial psychologist, writer, and public speaker Jordan Peterson, who moved by censorship started accepting bitcoin donations, and Gab itself.
After turning to cryptocurrency payment processors like Coinbase, Gab was then again censored. It has been under fire for its status as a refuge for far-right social-political proponents, including a gunman who slew eleven Jewish worshippers in Pennsylvania last year. As noted in its email, Gab was also banned by Stripe and Bitpay.
As a result, the platform has been promoting BTC as “free speech money” that cannot be stopped by any bank, corporation, government, or other entity. The flagship cryptocurrency, thanks to its decentralized nature, is censorship and tamper-resistant.Email is going out now to 850,000 Gab members introducing them to Bitcoin. pic.twitter.com/f1kNR0cB1x— Gab.com (@getongab) January 9, 2019
Gab noted that the United Sta...