How Gab's early design made it a 'circlejerk' to the lowest depths of the internet - 2021-03-23

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F0.png How Gab's early design made it a 'circlejerk' to the lowest depths of the internet March 23, 2021, Jordan Wildon, Daily Dot

Within the first few weeks of Gab's launch into private beta in 2016, posts about how "women are ruined" because "today's women would rather be feminist than feminine" were among the most-upvoted on the site. Still yet to launch, the self-described free-speech social media platform had already set the stage to become what it is known for today—the preferred platform for the far-right.

Despite a recent hack which saw over 70GB of Gab data handed over to journalists and researchers, Gab has a long history of people accessing and archiving its data. Though this may be the most well-reported dump of Gab data, internet researchers have been archiving data from the far-right's preferred social media platform as early as 2017.

These early scrapes of the website were obtained legitimately, gathering publicly accessible data through Gab's API. The files, which contain millions of data points, document a large volume of public statuses, users, and now-deleted posts between 2016 and 2018.

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{{cite news | first = Jordan | last = Wildon | title = How Gab's early design made it a 'circlejerk' to the lowest depths of the internet | url = https://www.dailydot.com/debug/gab-data-toxic-user-base/ | work = Daily Dot | date = March 23, 2021 | accessdate = March 17, 2022 }}