Hate speech crackdown spreads to behind-the-scenes tech

The tech industry’s crackdown on content from right-wing users spread this week from social media platforms to behind-the-scenes companies that do not typically take on free speech issues, a sign of heightened aggressiveness ahead of a planned far-right gathering this weekend inspired by the riots in Charlottesville.

Microsoft, which provides cloud services that host websites, on Thursday threatened to cease hosting an alt-right-leaning social network called Gab.ai after a user there posted comments that threatened Jewish people with “ritual death by torture.” The content, Microsoft said, “incites violence, is not protected by the First Amendment” and violated the company’s own policies.

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