What is the new social network Gab?

DONALD Trump returned to social media on February 4, with a post on his Gab account after being barred from other platforms.

The former president's office posted a statement in response to Democratic congressman Jamie Raskin.

What is the new social network Gab?

On their homepage, Gab describes itself as "a social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online".

"At Gab, we believe that the future of online publishing is decentralized and open.

"We believe that users of social networks should be able to control their social media experience on their own terms, rather than the terms set down by Big Tech," the company explains.

Gab ends their introduction by stating, "All are welcome".

The social network is known for it's far-right userbase, and is widely described as a haven for extremists.

The platform is criticized for attracting users and groups who have been banned from other social media and seeking alternatives.

Gab launched publicly in May 2017.

Who owns Gab?

Gab was founded by Andrew Torba and Ekrem Büyükkaya.

The pair previously worked together at the advertising technology company Automate Ads.

Torba began working on the site in 2016, and on August that same year, Gab launched in private beta, billing itself as a "free speech" alternative social media platform.

Is Donald Trump on Gab?

Donald Trump returned to social media on the evening of February 4, uploading a post on his Gab account.

Donny's page has amassed over one million followers.

A statement from Trump's office to Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin was published on the account, that was signed by his lawyers.

The attorneys were responding to Democrats' requests that he testifies under oath in his upcoming impeachment trial.

In the statement, Trump's lawyers said: "Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th President of the United States, who is now a private citizen."

The post received over 45,000 likes and 11,000 reposts.

This was Trump's first post on his Gab account since January 8, when he posted he will not be attending Joe Biden inauguration.

Trump was recently banned from several media sites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, after he lost the 2020 election.

His Twitter account is still suspended, with his Facebook page not having been updated since January 6.

When is Trump's impeachment trial?

Trump's second impeachment trial is expected to begin on February 9, 2021.

The impeachment brief explicitly faults him for his role in the Capitol riot and also aims to preemptively rebut defense claims that Trump’s words were protected by the First Amendment, or that an impeachment trial is unconstitutional, or even unnecessary, now that Trump has left office.

Ten House Republicans crossed over to join Democrats in voting for the impeachment, making Trump the only president in US history to be impeached twice.

At least 17 Republicans would need to join all 50 Democrats in the evenly divided Senate for Trump to be convicted, a two-thirds threshold that appears unlikely to be reached.

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