Andrew Torba, the CEO of Gab, a free-speech alternative to Twitter, backed up President Trump’s entire account before it was deleted, and recreated it on Gab.
Gab is currently experiencing bandwidth issues over a surge in new users and attacks from liberal groups.
If Trump is looking to find a new social media platform, Torba seems to be nudging Trump to go to Gab, though it is not clear whether that is the reason behind the recreation of Trump’s Twitter account on the platform. The account has “Pro” status and states that the account was created in August 2016. The account does not follow any other accounts but has 1.2 million followers.
Those bandwidth issues appear to be genuine; when I tried to look in my own Gab page just now, this is what I got:
Gab is growing rapidly in a historic exodus from Big Tech, and fending off sophisticated attacks that seek to silence and censor your ability to Speak Freely.
While we work to scale up there will be periods of growing pains, slowness, and even downtime. We would appreciate your patience and support during this.
I was never a Twatter person, and I’m not really a Gab person either. I’m way too, umm, verbose, shall we say, to be able to live within the confines of a 240-character limit; I’ve always been way more inclined to run to 2000 words or better. Hey, what can I say, I’m a long-form kind of guy. But best wishes for all success to Gab just the same; Torba’s sly maneuver today was a thing of beauty, and I cheerfully tip my cap to him for his stylish derring-do. Why Trump didn’t make the switch over there long ago is beyond me.