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Gab – A Primer for Intelligence teams

The online social media landscape is broad, ranging from mainstream to niche platforms that host a wide variety of users and topics. Niche platforms like Gab, Parler, 4Chan and 8Kun promote themselves as unmoderated, free speech platforms. This free speech can quickly turn into hate speech or violent, extremist rhetoric.

Understanding the unique challenges and opportunities different online platforms present is integral to successful open-source intelligence missions. In this industry brief, we take a deep dive into one of these niche platforms, Gab, to better understand:

  • The platform’s history and evolution
  • The different Gab groups and the threats they pose
  • What the future holds for Gab and similar platforms