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Anti-Semitic posts deleted after Azure threatens to stop hosting “free speech” site.
The Microsoft Azure cloud computing service threatened to stop hosting Gab, a self-described “free speech social network,” unless the site deleted two anti-Semitic posts made by a neo-Nazi who previously ran for a US Senate seat.
Gab founder Andrew Torba yesterday posted a screenshot of Microsoft’s notice, which said that Microsoft had “received a complaint of malicious activity” and that Gab must take action within two business days or face the possible “suspension of your deployment(s).”
“Gab’s hosting provider, Microsoft Azure, has given us 48 hours to take action on two posts or they will pull our service and Gab will go down for weeks/months,” the website’s official Twitter account said.
Patrick Little, the neo-Nazi referenced above, “voluntarily removed the posts cited by Microsoft,” Gab said in a followup tweet. Little’s now-deleted posts said that Jews should be raised as “livestock” and that he intended to destroy a “holohoax memorial.”
“I’ll delete the posts, but this is a violation of our rights as Americans,” Little wrote in a Gab post. “Having to self sensor [sic] on @gab for this most likely means the vendors and service providers that gab depends on will force ever more censorship.”
Even that Gab post contained an anti-Semitic statement, with Little writing, “we will have no rights until the jews are expelled.”
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Little ran for US Senate earlier this year, but the California Republican Party prevented him from registering at the party convention in May because of his hate speech. He ended up finishing in 12th place in the primary with 1.4 percent of the vote.
Torba pushed back against Microsoft yesterday, noting that Microsoft’s first notice to Gab incorrectly labeled the anti-Semitic posts as “phishing URLs.”
“You are correct that the complaint was mistakenly labeled ‘phishing,’ but after an initial review we have concluded that this content incites violence in contravention of Microsoft Azure’s Acceptable Use Policy,” Microsoft told Torba in a response. “We see that the posts in question have now been removed and thank you for your prompt attention to this matter, which we now consider closed. If we receive other complaints about similar content that seeks to incite violence or otherwise violates our Acceptable Use Policy, we will ask that you take similar measures to address.”
“If they receive other complaints, we may get similar requests in the future. This should be fun,” Gab wrote on Twitter.
Torba doesn’t want to keep Gab on Microsoft Azure in the long run. “We are actively looking into other host