Action Alert to Cloudflare
Cloudfare: Stop supporting the Pittsburgh shooter’s racist forum

Cloudfare: Stop supporting the Pittsburgh shooter’s racist forum

Stop the violent racism behind the Pittsburgh massacre

On October 27th, Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and committed the largest known massacre of Jews in American History. Bowers’ motivations came to light because of the vicious anti-Semitism he shared on Gab, a website which acts as a forum for racism, white supremacy, and other forms of hate. Gab has since pledged to prevent incitement to violence on its platform, but utterly failed to do so. The site features many posts and comments promoting the murder of Jewish, Black, Latino, indigenous, Arab, and LGBTQ people, violence towards immigrants and political opponents, and rape against women. As such, it is deeply disturbing that Cloudflare – a major web security company – continues to provide crucial services that allow Gab to operate.

Last year Cloudflare dropped a neo-Nazi site, and it’s time for them to do the right thing again. Tell Cloudflare to stop providing services to Gab, until they eradicate all hateful incitement from their platform.

January 11, 2018

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Letter to
Cloudflare, Cloudflare

As you may know, Pittsburgh shooter Robert Bowers used the Cloudflare client Gab as a forum for his anti-Semitism and other racist views. After Bowers entered the Tree of Life Synagogue and committed the largest known massacre of Jews in American history, Gab pledged to prevent incitement to violence on its platform. However, the site continues to feature many posts and comments promoting the murder of Jewish, Black, Latino, indigenous, Arab, and LGBTQ people, as well as immigrants and political opponents. As such, I am deeply disturbed that Cloudflare is providing crucial services that allow Gab to amplify support for hateful violence.

Gab currently serves as a platform for white supremacists like Christopher Cantwell, who publicly threatened to kill people at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. Cantwell and others use Gab to promote vicious racism and violence against minorities and women. Notably, Gab is allowing users to advertise a white supremacist video game in which players gun down Jews, Black people, and members of the LGBTQ community. Furthermore, there are numerous posts on Gab celebrating or defending Robert Bowers, Dylann Roof, and other white supremacist terrorists. These examples are not outliers - they represent a significant portion of the content Gab is allowing users to post and share.

History has repeatedly demonstrated the horrific results of such incitement and glorification of racist violence. While I believe free speech is an inalienable right that must be protected, companies like yours have no obligation to facilitate forums where hate-mongers promote murder and sexual assault. I am also sure that many of your other clients would not want to be associated with this type of platform. Last year Cloudflare dropped a Neo-Nazi site and it is time for you to do the right thing once again. I urge you to honor the victims in Pittsburgh and Louisville by cutting off services to Gab immediately.

The above examples of posts and comments by Gab users can be found here: https://goo.gl/rVAzoS

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

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