Gab, first launched in 2016, has been a haven for far-right activists, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists due to its "anti-censorship" stance. "We promote raw, rational, open, and authentic discourse online," Torba told Wired
shortly after Gab launched. "We want everyone to feel safe on Gab, but we’re not going to police what is hate speech and what isn’t." The platform has denied catering to these groups, instead claiming that its only interest is protecting free speech. In the spectrum of answers tech companies are giving to the increasingly important question, "What responsibility do social media platforms have to reprimand and rebuke hate speech?" Gab has taken an almost entirely hands-off approach.