Saturday, October 23, 2021

Gab CEO Andrew Torba says he refused to comply with the ‘draconian’ German Network Enforcement Act

Gab founder and CEO Andrew Torba has said he will not comply with the German Network Enforcement Act, despite mounting legal fines from authorities.

In a blog post published on 20 September, Tora said that he received “a large pack of documents with fines and legal threats from the nation state of Germany” this week, but Gab “is refusing, and has been in denial for many years.” is doing, comply with the German Network Enforcement Act.”

The German Network Enforcement Act came into force in Germany on June 28, 2021, hoping to combat online hate speech and fake news. Also known as NetzDG, this applies to social media networks that have 2 million or more registered users in Germany and are required to remove “apparently illegal” content within 24 hours of receiving a complaint from a user. obliges to.

Non-compliant social media networks can be fined up to 50 million euros (approximately US$59.2 million) for non-compliance by the German government.

Gab is an American company that was established in 2016. The social networking site “champions free speech, personal freedom and the free flow of information online” and is a competitor to big companies like Twitter and Facebook, as well as upstarts like Parlor.

In Monday’s blog post, Torba referred to the Network Enforcement Act as “a stringent German law aimed at combating ‘fake news’ on social networking websites”, adding that “fake news certainly is”. , whatever the German government says it is.

“Gab is an American company and as such we are under zero obligation to comply with the foreign laws of tyrannical governments,” the CEO wrote.

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A message on the social media website Gab is displayed on a phone on October 29, 2018 in New York. (Jenny Kane/AP Photo)

“Due to Gab’s reluctance to participate in state-mandated censorship of free speech, the German government is now coming after our bootstrapped tech startup with hefty fines and other legal action,” he continued.

The CEO noted that Gab “is not a lawless website” and that the staff works diligently to prevent any illegal activity, including criminal activity, from being on the platform, while many foreign countries promote social distancing on free speech. Networks respect the site’s stance.

“The German government is not concerned about any real criminal activity, they are concerned with Thought Criminals who dare to dissent against their global governance,” wrote Torba.

Torba noted that he had three options for dealing with the actions of the German government; comply with censorship laws and start censoring content he doesn’t like—something he said the company wouldn’t; defy laws and “pick up the fight” with the government; Or temporarily block German IPs from accessing the website.

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“I hate everything about these options, which is why we went public with this information to gather feedback and consensus from our community on this topic,” he wrote, before adding that Gab The U.S.’s lawyers also suggest that option three would be best, although it “doesn’t fit” with him.

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Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny attends a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and to protest proposed amendments to the country’s constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. (Shamil Zumatov/Reuters)

“Why should we block the whole country from accessing GAB because their government is sending us fines and we won’t pay legal threats, which means nothing to GAB as an American corporation? … the reality is That the German government has zero authority or jurisdiction over how we operate GAB. We have no corporate entity in Germany, we have no employees in Germany and we are not German citizens. We are American,” Torba said. Wrote.

While the CEO will not be bound by the German Network Enforcement Act and the authorities’ subsequent legal threats, Torba said he will still cooperate with German police forces in “serious crime-related matters.”

“I am not sure what will happen to this decision, but I will not make such an important choice out of fear. I leave the consequences of this decision in the hands of Almighty God and I pray that the German people will very soon return to their Will take back the country and freedom,” he said.

Torba’s announcement comes shortly after Apple and Google removed a voting app from their online stores linked to Kremlin critic and jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, just three days after voting in a parliamentary election. Voting took place across Russia for.

The move was prompted after Russian officials pressured the US tech giant to remove the app from its stores, noting that Russia labeled the Navy’s actions as “extremist” and said that Refusal to remove it would be construed as interference in its parliamentary election. It is also threatening companies with fines.

katabella roberts


Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.


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