It was brought to the notice of Resisting Hate today that an individual using the complaints process on GAB.ai to highlight an extremist anti semitic account was abused and mocked by the CEO Andrew Torba.
Caroline messaged Gab.ai to raise her concerns about Alison Chabloz, an individual recently convicted of publishing grossly offensive material. Chabloz is no stranger to Resisting Hate and we have published about her Holocaust denying antics before.
This is the email Caroline sent:
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2018 2:27:39
PM To: email@example.com
Subject: Alison Chabloz
I wanted to make you aware that the above individual has been found guilty in a British Court of 3 charges of publishing grossly offensive material. Much of this material can be found on her Gab Account. She has been sentenced to a 20 weeks jail sentence, suspended for two years. She has also been banned from posting on social media. By keeping her account active, Gab is helping to continue perpetrating the crimes she was convicted of. This is a link to a self explanatory newspaper article which confirms this info. I would ask that in light of this, you cancel her account asap.
Yours faithfully Caroline.
This was the response she received from Torba at Gab.ai
From: Gab Legal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 15/06/2018 19:56 (GMT+00:00)
Subject: Re: Alison Chabloz
Hi, We are a US-based corporation that respects free expression for everyone around the world. To be frank: we don’t really care about the UK’s dystopian nonsense. We will not be terminating the account because the account has not broken our guidelines or US law. Hope this doesn’t offend you.
@ajctmuse Dystopian nonsense? Seriously? The woman is a convicted criminal. Would you like me to get the Crown Prosecution Service or the Police to contact you? Is that how you speak to victims of crime?
And received this abusive response in reply
Once again: we are a US corporation. The UK police can’t make us do shit and we will tell them the exact same thing. Being offended by words on the internet doesn’t make you a “victim,” it makes you a pathetic person. Have a wonderful day!
Torba then went to his own GAB account and posted Caroline’s emails on the site, calling her genuine concerns ‘nonsense’.
And then he went onto the Gab.ai Twitter account and started gloating about the way he handles consumer complaints.
It then transpired he had passed Caroline’s full details (we have omitted her surname for security reasons) to other members of the site who then proceeded to mock Caroline and post antisemitic hatred in response.
Frankly Andrew Torba you are a disgrace. You run a site made up entirely of Twitter rejects who are in the main too degenerate to have a place on a mainstream social media platform. You sanction the posting of hate, lies and idiocy in the name of ‘muh free speech’ and you lack the integrity to even respond politely to your own site members.
Ironically in responding in such a childish manner you have shown yourself up as being exactly the type of ‘snowflake’ that so many of your far right Gab.ai morons rail against.
Roanna is one of the founder members of Resisting Hate. She is the author of the majority of our articles, and also publishes a blog on Huffington Post UK