Reportedly, the social media site Gab is using the Cash app of the US-based Square payment company to transact and receive Bitcoin (BTC) donations. Official Twitter of the company posted the announcement 6 January.
Founded in 2016, Gab is a social network that presents itself as a haven for discourses without online censorship. He became famous for his perception of being a "resonance chamber" for "extremist" or far-right views – many of his supporters were allegedly banned from networks like Twitter and Facebook based on their alleged violations of the rules of these platforms on incitement to hate.
More generally, Gab is aimed at a user base of libertarian, nationalist, populist or conservative trends – or to anyone who disagrees with content filtering, anti-misinformation and data collection measures applied by traditional platforms, or "Big Tech". The app Gab has been banned in particular by Apple and the Google App Store.
Gab drew special attention in the autumn of 2018 after it was reported that the perpetrator of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Robert Gregory Bowers, had published on Gab indicating his immediate intention to do evil before the crime. The payment processors of Fiat, such as PayPal and Stripe, have subsequently suspended their services to the company.
In December, it was reported that Gab's corporate account of the largest foreign exchange service provider and coin portfolio in the United States Coinbase had been closed, with media reports at the time citing the platform's controversial reputation as possible reasons for closure.
At the beginning of this month the personal Coinbase account of Gab Andrew Torba co-founder was also closed, which pushed the company to Tweet in support of decentralized exchanges as the only means to protect money resistant to censorship.
Gab used his Twitter account multiple times to defend cryptocurrency like itinerary "freedom from central banks, financial censorship and a rigged financial system", presenting its support for cryptic innovation as one of three pillars – these are unrepentant maximalism regarding freedom of speech, bitcoin and freedom.
A separate gab tweet has however implied that decentralization should sometimes be sacrificed to allow some degree of censorship, in particular as regards child pornography.
As previously reported, Coinbase also closed the merchant account store of anonymous company of anonymous international publication Wikileaks this April, apparently due to a violation of the terms of service.
WikiLeaks had appealed to donors to contribute to its complaints via cryptocurrencies in order to circumvent governments' attempts to exercise financial tightening on the business.