Microsoft Azure told Gab, a social network popular with conservatives and the alto right, on Thursday that it had 48 hours to “take appropriate action” at two posts, according to Gab founder and CEO Andrew Torba.
“Gab’s hosting provider, Microsoft Azure, has given us 48 hours to take action on two messages, or they will pull our service and Gab will not work for weeks or months,” Torba wrote in a message on Gab, that screenshots of a message sent by Microsoft.
In the message, Microsoft pointed to two messages from Senate candidate Patrick Little, who was expelled from the GOP convention in May for anti-Semitic and white chiefs. Little also displays anti-Semitic views in the posts, which are still up at the time of publication. They were posted more than three weeks ago.
Gab, launched in 2016 as an alternative to Twitter, calls itself “a social network that favors freedom of expression, individual freedom and the free flow of online information.” It does not have many limitations on what users can post and the mascot is a green frog mascot reminiscent of the Pepper character co-opted as a hate symbol. Gab says it has a community of more than 215,000 people.
The Microsoft movement comes as technical giants struggle with their views on free speech. After weeks of increasing pressure, companies such as Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars publication, citing violations of their community policies. Twitter did not follow and CEO Jack Dorsey said that Jones did not cross the line on the platform.
Microsoft and Gab did not immediately respond to requests for comment.