Brave CEO Brendan Eich has weighed in on a controversy concerning Gab, a far-right social media platform. While Gab considers itself a free speech platform, its critics have denounced it as a hotbed of hate speech. This week, Firefox and Chrome banned Gab’s new extension, “Dissenter,” from their respective add-on stores.
Both delistings took place after the Columbia Journalism Review published a takedown of Gab’s browser extension. CJR indicates that they contacted Google and Mozilla and that both companies removed the add-on from their listings shortly after that. Now that two browsers have denounced Gab, some are wondering what position Brave will take.
Eich Won’t Ban Gab
Eich has made it clear that he isn’t about to stand up for Gab or its most extreme users. However, he has affirmed that Brave will not ban Gab’s browser extension given the opportunity—although Brave won’t exactly endorse it, either. “We do not bundle extensions,” Eich stated, “nor do we block any [except for] spyware or…