Gab CEO Denies Responsibility For Capitol Attack Amid Increased Scrutiny - 2021-01-14

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F46.png Gab CEO Denies Responsibility For Capitol Attack Amid Increased Scrutiny January 14, 2021, Jemima McEvoy, Forbes

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for the federal government to investigate Gab and CEO Andrew Torba to determine whether the platform "intentionally aided" individuals who carried out the Jan. 6 attack in a Wednesday letter, citing posts in which Torba told users "heading to DC" to record "video footage in landscape mode" in anticipation of "communist violence" and wrote (he claims in earnest) that it "would be a real shame if the people outside stormed the Senate."

Torba denies culpability in the attack and insists his platform did a "phenomenal job" of mitigating violent content in the weeks prior, flagging and reporting to law enforcement a notable increase in posts threatening public officials that began to accumulate in early December (Torba declined to say which law enforcement agency Gab worked with or how many times it reported users or posts, citing an "ongoing investigation").

"We've been removing this stuff for weeks and weeks, working 18 to 20 hours a day to make sure no illegal activity, no threats of violence are happening on Gab," said Torba, who instead deflected attention toward the bigger social media sites, claiming it was "organized using Facebook's technology, not Gab's."

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