“ Gab is not a white nationalist social media platform”
Andrew Torba insists that Gab is a place where people considered trolls on Facebook and Twitter can actively discuss their views without fear of suppression. Stormfront, a White Nationalist site is promoting it, as well as the Russian Facebook alternative VK. So you are technically correct, it is not a “white nationalist social media platform”, it is a Social Media Platform to house and cater to forum trolls, where the White Nationalist plan to move their discussions to. Not really much better… You also left out that the Article also pointed out it was a haven for “ far right, conspiracy-theorist YouTubers, and minivan majority moms”. Talk about “ sloppy and irresponsible” commenting.
“ Flynn Jr’s following of white nationalists, if indeed they are the same, does not make him a white nationalist.”
The White Nationalist don’t hide who they are, they are proud of it. Following them is not something a person would do unless they were at sympathetic to their cause.
“ This claim marks a willful misunderstanding of social media behavior and what it means.”
Online disinhibition, the phenomenon whereby we do and say things on the internet that we probably would not do in a face-to-face environment due to the feeling of anonymity and perceived privacy. People follow that which brings them feelings of psychological satisfaction.