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Alt-right social media site Gab in meltdown mode after Pittsburgh shooting — begs Donald Trump to ‘ACT!’

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The social media site Gab, a Twitter-like platform popular with the radical right wing because of its objection to any form of censorship, is in a full meltdown under criticism for its ties to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter.

Gab has lost its hosting service and funding avenues, and is calling on President Donald Trump to help.

In a lengthy post on Medium, Gab says it did everything it could after the shooting and defended its commitment to free speech.

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“We have nothing but love for all people and freedom,” the post read. “We have consistently disavowed all violence. Free speech is crucial for the prevention of violence. If people can not express themselves through words, they will do so through violence. No one wants that. No one.”

Gab is not a well-known site, but its full-throated support of free speech has made it home to a number of extremists kicked off other platforms.

Gab’s homepage has been down and giving an error message because its hosting provider banned it. Funding services like PayPal and Stripe have cut ties, severing the fledgling company’s ability to raise capital.

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Gab’s management has taken to using rival Twitter to allege “direct collusion between big tech giants” and to ask President Donald Trump to intervene.

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In 2017, Google banned Gab from its app store.

Gab is currently retweeting mostly conservative writers who say the site’s de-platforming is totalitarianism and recalls George Orwell’s 1984.

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To follow Gab’s evolving situation, check in on its Twitter account.


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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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