Free speech social media platform Gab goes mysteriously dark

Gab, the alternative social media platform that exploded in popularity following the Capitol riot last month and former President Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook and Twitter, went offline Friday evening.

The platform’s CEO Andrew Torba said that the company intentionally pulled the social media network offline “out of an abundance of caution” after a small number of accounts began “posting bitcoin wallet spam and related content.”

“Because of our quick action, zero bitcoin was sent to any of the addresses posted, and the affected accounts have been secured,” the statement said.

The statement added that a “security vulnerability” in the
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