Social Network Gab Goes Offline, Disappears From Twitter

The website for Gab, the right-wing social network, went offline and its Twitter account also disappeared on Friday night.

As of February 19 at 7:00 p.m., the site remained unavailable online. Its associated Twitter account, @GetOnGab, is also no longer available. The Twitter account, which used to have over 419,000 followers, now says "This account doesn't exist."

Some Twitter users posted that Gab's site may have been hacked as part of a cryptocurrency scam, though Newsweek was unable to independently verify the information.

Twitter told Newsweek that it "did not take enforcement action" on Gab's account.

Some Twitter users posted images showing Gab accounts from notable right-wing media outlets—such as The Gateway Pundit and National File—asking people to donate funds to a questionable-looking weblink.

BREAKING: 📜It Appears Gab May Have Been Hacked And Taken Offline For Fixing The Issue

H/T: @graphiccons

— J̵̟̦̲̞̭̱̀̈́͑̄̇̈́̚͝ustice (@The_Justice7) February 19, 2021

One Twitter user with the handle @WhoIsJaneGalt said they were on Gab just before it went offline, and posted an image showing a Gab message allegedly posted on InfoWars' founder Alex Jones just before the shutdown. Jones' message, in what appeared to be a hack, read: "I will multiply your Bitcoins invest quick!"

I was on right before it went down. Someone had hacked several big name accounts like Alex Jones and was asking for Bitcoin.

— Dr. Jane Galt (@WhoisJaneGalt) February 19, 2021

Other Twitter useres, however, expressed concern that "Big Tech"—meaning large social media and internet companies—removed Gab from the web. "I'm so done y'all, they won't stop until we're ALL gone," @realCCrump wrote.

Such worries stem from the fact that Parler, another right-wing social network, was taken offline in January by Amazon Web Services. Amazon stopped hosting Parler on its servers over allegations that Parler users had incited violence, including the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

In early January, both Google and Apple removed the Parler app from its online stores. alleging similar "threats of violence" by users. Parler's Twitter account, @parler_app, remains online.

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The right-wing social network, Gab, has gone offline. Their Twitter account has also disappeared. In this photo illustration, a man expresses surprise at what he sees on his laptop computer. Marcos Calvo/Getty

On January 8, Twitter permanently banned former President Donald Trump "due to the risk of further incitement of violence" following the Capitol riots. However, on February 6, Trump returned to social media by posting a message on Gab, his first social media message ever since his Twitter ban.

Trump's February 6 Gab post—an image of his letter to Democratic Maryland Congressman and lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin of Maryland—quickly gained over 62,000 likes from his 1.4 million followers. But despite its popularity, Trump has yet to return to social media in any significant way.

If Trump decides to continue his once very active social media use, Gab could be one of the only outlets available to him. Facebook and Instagram have both indefinitely suspended his posting abilities. He also hasn't joined Parler yet, even though Parler offered him money to do so.

Update (2/19/2021, 9:50 p.m.): This article has been updated to include a statement from Twitter.