Microsoft attacks hate presentation by threatening to shoot its shooting services from Gab, a controversial social networking service that has hosted anti-Semitic comments from a former US Senate candidate.
On Thursday, Gab said that Microsoft had given it 48 hours to delete the anti-Semitic comments, or it would pull the Azure services from the social networking platform and leave it offline, potentially in weeks or months.
BREAKING: Gab's host provider, Microsoft Azure, has given us 48 hours to take action on two posts or they will withdraw our service and Gab will go down in weeks / months.  9. August 2018
Microsoft told PCMag that the company had received complaints about the offensive posts, which told "ritual death by torture" and "complete eradication" by all Jews. "After an initial review, we have concluded that this content encourages violence, is not protected by the first change, and violates Microsoft's Azure Acceptable Use Policy," the company said in an email.
The anti-Semitic comments of Gab voted from two posts made by Patrick Little, who is openly antisemitic and ran for a US senate seat in California earlier this year. Gab has since taken down both posts and noticed that one of them violated their own content policies.
"The other is offensive and edgy and something we obviously do not agree with, but it's much worse on Twitter / Facebook / Reddit about white people like
Still, Gab has declined to delete Little's account, which has posted other anti-Semitic comments. The platform marks itself as a freestanding social network designed to counteract the control of Silicon Valley's "smug elites". But journalists have described Gab as an "all-right" version of Twitter that hosts content from racists, conspiracy theorists and internet roles. Both Apple and Google have blocked Gab from their app stores over circulating pornography and hate speech.
Due to Thursday's event, Gab has told the public that it has been unfairly targeted. The service points to rival Twitter for hosting what it claims to be "anti-white" hate telling from users.
"This is the main reason for Gab's next investment round: becoming anti-Silicon Valley and preparing our own infrastructure immediately," Gab tweeted .
Microsoft's action comes as several Silicon Valley companies decided to partially ban the right web show Alex Jones from their platforms. This has prompted conservative critics to accuse the technology industry of censorship in what has been an ongoing cultural war over speech freedom and trying to stop hatred and misinformation from spreading on the internet.
So far, Microsoft has not commented on whether it's & # 39; I will require that Gab take additional steps to delete the hate speech from Little's account. In April, Gab reported to have 465,000 users.