Microsoft has warned Gab.ai, which pitches itself as an alternative to Twitter, that they will suspend their provided web hosting services following a complaint about anti-Semitic posts on the social media site. The tech industry is currently on a large scale crackdown against hate speech and Microsoft has announced that they will take action in two business days in the event that Gab does not remove the malicious activity the content of which has been found to incite violence and is therefore not protected by the First Amendment and violates Microsoft Azure’s acceptable use policy.
Gab.ai also has the option to choose otherwise and work with another cloud service provider or host this content itself. If Gab chooses other providers, Microsoft will give the site time to move content elsewhere before its access to Azure cloud services is terminated. At the moment Gab declined to comment beyond its public post.
The tech industry is making efforts to tackle hate speech online is extending beyond the scope of big social-media services like Facebook and Google’s YouTube. Last Monday Facebook followed YouTube lead and suspended conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms after concluding some of his posts violated their policies. That followed similar action by Apple and Spotify Technology.
However, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issued a jarring counterargument, stating that Twitter will not get involved in “political” debates, and that it’s up to the news media and other users, not social media companies, to police accounts like Jones’s. Who do you think is right?