Microsoft forces Gab social network to remove content threatening Jewish people with ‘torture’


Microsoft issued an ultimatum to a social network that provides cloud services for after a user posted comments threatening the Jewish people with “ritual death by torture.”

Or Gab had to remove the offensive post, or to Microsoft would be the end of the site access to the cloud service known as Azure. Content that incites violence, is not protected by the First Amendment” and violation of its own policy, Microsoft has said, reports the Washington Post.

The question of Microsoft is the latest incident as tech companies struggle with how to police hateful, offensive content and misinformation, while finding the right balance to facilitate a free expression of ideas.

In the weeks after the 2016 presidential elections, Facebook was slammed for not taking Russia the use of its platform more seriously; since then, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his colleagues strengthened the site of the election of the control of the security and the removal of hatred and false accounts have a greater priority.


“We believe that We have an important responsibility to ensure that our services are not abused by people and groups of people to incite violence against others,” Microsoft said in a statement to the Post.

Although Gab did not respond to an e-mail of the publication looking for comments, Andrew Torba, founder of the Gab, wrote in a post that the social network is looking for a new hosting provider and seen how to build “our own infrastructure.”

Unlike Facebook, Apple and YouTube, the most cloud-hosting services tend to be less visible for the general public and more neutral positions in the debate so far does not have teams of fact-checkers and content moderators to scan for problems.

Like his colleagues, Microsoft Azure provides the technical architecture for the hosting of websites, regardless of their topic or purpose — as long as their creators are not involved in illegal activities or are planning to “violate the rights of others,” according to the company’s “acceptable use policy.” Other cloud providers such as Google and Amazon, maintain similar rules about what is considered appropriate, to save on their own servers.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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