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A so­cial me­dia plat­form known as a safe haven for neo-Nazis has come un­der scru­tiny after it was re­vealed the sus­pected Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue shooter used it to ex­press an­tisemitic views.

In the wake of the at­tack, Gab was taken down after a host of tech hosts sus­pended it from their ser­vices.

In the hours be­fore the shoot­ing, Robert Bow­ers, 46, re­port­edly took to Gab to ac­cuse a Jewish char­ity of “bring­ing in­vaders in that kill our peo­ple” for re­set­tling refugees.

He al­legedly posted: “I can’t sit by and watch my peo­ple get slaugh­tered. Screw your op­tics, I’m go­ing in.”

Gab was founded in

2016 and is pop­u­lar in the US and the UK.

The far­right Bri­tain First opened an ac­count on Gab after it was kicked off Twit­ter and Face­book.

Gab has been used by Nick Grif­fin, the former leader of the Bri­tish Na­tional Party, and Ali­son Ch­abloz, the self­de­scribed “Holo­caust re­vi­sion­ist” who was con­victed ear­lier this year of post­ing “grossly of­fen­sive” songs on­line.

She used it to urge sup­port­ers to donate to her le­gal fund through Pay­Pal, say­ing: “First, they came for the singers.”

Mr Grif­fin has used the web­site to make more ex­treme state­ments than he does on Twit­ter. He re­cently used it to call Le­ices­ter “one of the most colonised cities in Eng­land”.

In Au­gust the BBC re­ported that two an­tisemitic posts were deleted from Gab after Mi­crosoft threat­ened to take the site down, cit­ing the con­tent.

The posts were writ­ten by Pa­trick Lit­tle, who said he wished to re­move Jewish peo­ple from Amer­ica.

Gab’s home page is now a state­ment that claims the site is down be­cause it is “un­der at­tack”.

It adds: “We have been smeared by the main­stream me­dia for de­fend­ing … in­di­vid­ual lib­erty for all peo­ple and for work­ing with law en­force­ment to en­sure that jus­tice is served for the hor­ri­ble atroc­ity com­mit­ted in Pitts­burgh. Gab will con­tinue to fight for the right to speak freely.” BEN WEICH

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