Gab.com, known as the free speech alternative to Twitter, is creating a browser plugin to add a comment section to every website on the Internet.
Andrew Torba, who founded and runs Gab has shared a number of screenshots showing the plugin in action, commenting on websites with unavailable comment sections, and on websites with harsh moderating standards.
Commenting on YouTube videos that can’t be removed by CNN ???? pic.twitter.com/2jf0llaILO
— Gab.com (@getongab) February 13, 2019
Commenting on a Wikipedia article that admins and activists are camping on to push their agenda: pic.twitter.com/K5L5Sjo2wu
— Gab.com (@getongab) February 14, 2019
All comments are run through Gab, which uses the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as their standard of moderation, meaning that the comments will only be removed if they violate the law, or violate a slim category of offences, such as doxxing, which Gab disallows.
Big League Politics reached out to Torba, who describes the comment section extension having three parts.
The most anticipated part is the browser extension, which Torba explains will allow users to “view/create a comment section on any url, including tweets, YouTube videos, news articles, etc…”
He also describes a standalone web app designed “for creating and discovering conversations on these URL’s (webpages).”
And finally, he discussed an integration of those conversions onto the Gab website itself.
The only portion of his plan with a working example is the browser extension, which Torba says is still in its “super early” stages, and hasn’t had a chance for developers to “make it pretty yet.”
This plugin has the capability to change the Internet entirely if largely adopted.
Big tech platforms are known for their discriminatory moderating practices, which largely targets conservatives. One of the most glaring examples of this is the Twitter ban of conservative journalist, and Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer, who is permanently suspended on Twitter for exposing the now widely recognized Antisemitism of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Torba believes this plugin has the capability to make huge waves in the big tech sphere.
“I have never in my career seen people so excited for a tech product,” Torba explains. “The feedback we are getting on this is phenomenal. People are fed up with being treated like children across the web.”
Torba also explains why this extension is so important, describing the timeline of the downfall of free conversations on the web:
“Comment sections were removed from blogs/mainstream news sites around 2013-2015. They all just vanished. So the conversations happening on them moved to social media. From 2015-2019 social networks have been trying to stop this with AI, shadowbanning, censorship, and no-platforming. We built Gab in response to this. Now it’s time to take Gab and apply it to the entire internet. Every URL will have a public square. We are creating the comment section of the internet.”
There is no current time-frame for this extension being released, but Big League Politics will keep you updated on this exciting innovation.
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