Gab.ai, a free speech social media startup recently sued Google for removal of its app from the Google Play Store. Google had banned the social media platform in August this year as it violated Google’s hate speech policies. In a world where social media has become one of the most influential tool and which has the power to even cause widespread unrest and riots, keeping a tab on the content being posted on social media platforms has become a necessity.
In the lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania federal court, Gab alleged that “Google deprives competitors, on a discriminatory basis, of access to the App Store, which an essential facility or resource… Google is the biggest threat to the free flow of information”, Andrew Torba, the Gab chief executive, told The Washington Post on Friday.
“Gab started to fight against the big tech companies in the marketplace, and their monopolistic conduct has forced us to bring the fight to the courtroom”, he added.
In reply to the lawsuit Google has termed the lawsuit as “baseless” and that they will defend it in court. “In order to be on the Play Store, social networking apps need to demonstrate a sufficient level of moderation, including for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people,” Google said. “This developer is welcome to appeal the suspension if they’ve addressed the policy violations and are compliant with our Developer Program Policies.”
According to reports, Gab has raised more than $1 million in contributions since July, according to the complaint.