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Social media platform used by suspected Pittsburgh shooter banned from PayPal

Social media platform used by suspected Pittsburgh shooter banned from PayPal
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Gab, a social media company that was used by the suspect of Saturday's shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, received a notice from PayPal Saturday afternoon saying it would be kicked off the payment platform.

“We are hereby notifying you that we are terminating our relationship with you pursuant to PayPal’s User Agreement. Under the PayPal User Agreement, PayPal, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to terminate your account for any reason and at any time upon notice to you,” the website said in an email to Gab’s CEO, which Gab then posted to its Twitter page. 

Gab, which describes itself as “The Home Of Free Speech Online,” rejected claims it bore any responsibility for Saturday’s shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood that left 11 dead. 

The suspected shooter, 46-year-old Robert Bowers, posted on his Gab page that “jews are the children of satan.”

Bowers also reportedly shouted “all Jews must die” before he opened fire Saturday. The website has faced criticism that its “free speech” platform gives white supremacists license to write offensive posts on the platform.

“Gab.com’s policy on terrorism and violence have always been very clear: we [have] zero tolerance for it. Gab unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence. This has always been our policy. We are saddened and disgusted by the news of violence in Pittsburgh and are keeping the families and friends of all victims in our thoughts and prayers,” the website said in a statement.

“Gab took swift and proactive action to contact law enforcement immediately. We first backed up all user data from the account and then proceeded to suspend the account. We then contacted the FBI and made them aware of this account and the user data in our possession. We are ready and willing to work with law enforcement to see to it that justice is served,” it added.

Gab noted in several tweets that Bowers had accounts on other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. 

“Question: where is the statement from Facebook and others where he had an account? Gab acted swiftly and immediately. We reached out to the FBI before they even knew he had an account. We instantly sent both the FBI and the US DOJ the data,” it said in one such post. 

It also noted that that the site was getting “1 million hits an hour all day.”