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The Washington Post | 10.29.18

Gab, the white supremacist sanctuary linked to the Pittsburgh suspect, goes offline (for now)

Joan Donovan

When a platform is committed to free speech, it runs the risk of fostering hate speech. Media Manipulation Research Lead Joan Donovan shares how Gab became a platform for white supremacists.

“Gab was there to pick up the slack. ‘Over the past year, Gab has been able to grow and add new features, premium features, streaming features,’ Donovan said, ‘because of the fusion of the white supremacist need for platforms’ and the website’s promise of a free-speech haven.”

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