The alternative social media platform continues to struggle to find crypto support following a shooting last year.
Andrew Torba, the CEO of alternative social media platform Gab, has had his personal Coinbase merchant account banned after the crypto exchange refused to be integrated on the website following its connection with a Pittsburgh shooting in October.
Gab is a social media platform that aims to accommodate those who have been banned by popular social websites. According to its website, it seeks to champion “free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online.”
As reported by Cointelegraph, though, the site has had difficulty finding payment support after one of its users, Robert Bowers, published threats on the website before killing 11 people in a shooting at the Tree of Life (Or L’Simcha) synagogue in Pittsburgh in October last year.
As a result, both payment processors and web hosting services have been uninterested in investing in the platform, with PayPal, Stripe, GoDaddy and Joyent refusing to host it, according to Breaker Magazine.
Unsurprisingly, crypto processors seem to be just as uneasy about signing a deal with Gab. Coinbase was one of the first crypto exchanges to refuse the platform, preventing it from receiving Bitcoin. That led Torba to announce that Gab would be utilizing BitPay as soon as possible.
Just as quickly, however, the CEO wrote his users back to announce that BitPay had also declined to integrate its payment processor on the site and that Gab would have its account with the company blocked in November 2018, sources told Breaker.
Hufington Post reported earlier that Torba had spoken of Gab’s “zero tolerance policy” for violence and terrorism, saying that the Pittsburgh shooter isn’t representative of the site’s wider culture.