The decentralization of data, information, and media is an imminent force that Gab founder Andrew Torba claims is going to “slip away into the hands of the people. And there’s nothing you can do to stop us. Period.”
Gab is – or rather, was – a social networking service that rivaled Twitter, and boasts a lofty 215,000+ users as of July, 2017. According to Torba, his social networking platform reaches over a whopping 40 million individuals per month. Google, however, has removed Gab’s application from its Play Store, negatively impacting the amount of exposure the social media outlet is capable of generating. Understandably outraged, Torba created a video wherein he can be seen musing on the topic of his app’s removal by Google and the imminent decentralization of social utilities; that is, the alt-tech revolution.
This is an extremely new term, but depicts a rather timeless concept. Today, the majority of social media is controlled by a progressivist aristocracy, whereby free speech is sacrifice on the altar of political correctness. Conservatism, traditionalism, and nationalism are dishonestly construed as “fascist,” while the censorship of ideas is enforced by social media leaders.
There have been multiple suggestions put forth to remedy this dreaded dystopia of ideological censorship, including the rumor that Steve Bannon had been attempting to regulate social media networks like public utilities. Forba, however, is offering a sobering prediction.
The push by social media companies to censor right-wing content on the basis of extremism and hate speech will inevitably lead the free market to create its own outlet of social media and sustenance. Although today, the majority of social networking sites are controlled by a progressivist aristocracy, as more and more accounts and companies find themselves banned and removed on the basis of their ideologies, there will inevitably arise a type of decentralization of social media and networking.
By censoring the voices of large groups of people, Google has created an economic demand for a particular platform: one that tolerates, or actively supports, such voices. Moreover, in only allowing content that fits the progressive narrative of multiculturalism, globalism, and leftist identity politics, Google has effectively begun the creation of an aristocratic platform of left-wing values. Anything that contradicts such values, are then promptly labeled as “hate speech” or “extremism,” and are promptly censored out of existence.
In a video where he records himself musing over the recent events, Torba narrates the rise of what he coins, “the alt-tech revolution,” a phenomenon whereby prominent social networking outlets will be completely decentralized, and censored users will eventually gravitate towards a crowdsourced, and perhaps open-sourced, form of engaging in the free, uncensored exchange of information and ideas.
Watch the video:
In addition to continuing its rivalry with prominent social networking outlets, Gab has announced plans for a future Initial Coin Offering (ICO), a type of unregulated financial venture for new cryptocurrencies. In addition to being a platform with a dedication “to put people and free speech first,” Gab is now aiming to dismantle middlemen from its financial transactions. As all cryptocurrency is designed for low cost, no-fee transactions, Gab is continuing to show its passionate appreciation for its user base. And no amount of demonetization or censorship will silence the voices of those who wish to be heard.