Microsoft through its Azurecloud serviceProviding a hosting service for Gab, after receiving a third-party complaint from a user posted by Patrick Little, Microsoft threatened to close thewebsite. Microsoft told Gab founder Andrew Torba that he had 48 hours to "action" on "malicious activities" or to remove the site from Azure, which would cause the service to be offline for weeks or months.
In a statement about the issue, Microsoft said:
“We believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that our services are not abused by people and groups seeking to incite violence. Gab.ai is of course free to choose and work with other cloud service providers or host them themselves.”
Torba told fans on Gab that their long-term plan for the platform is to make themselves more independent:
“Patrick has said many times today that he will delete the post himself. Now he is playing tricks. He is not a loyal person, so we took action and deleted these two posts. We have no choice. We are actively looking for other hosting services. Provider, our long-term goal is to build our own infrastructure. Both of these take time. In Microsoft's 48-hour game, we don't have time. We believe this is the long-term platform and the best decision for Silicon Valley 'war' ."
After the statement, Gab's official Twitter account posted a message from Patrick Little, who said it would delete the message, but called it "self-censorship" and "infringement of our rights as an American."