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In the wake of the bloody white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville last month, tech companies decided to finally enforce their policies, pushing back against the rise of extremism online. One service caught in the crackdown was the "free speech" social network Gab, which was booted from Google's Play Store, and now the Twitter knockoff is suing for what it claims is "a straightforward violation of the antitrust laws".

Today the mobile version of Gab.ai -- the invite-only free(ish) speech social network that has become the de facto home for many of the alt-right ecelebrities banned from Twitter -- was not approved for placement on Apple's App Store. CEO Andrew Torba isn't taking it well.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Last year represented a breaking point of sorts for major online platforms. The swelling tide of abuse, hate-speech, and politicized misinformation finally grew too big to be ignored. But the ensuing crackdown -- as painfully slow and largely ineffective as is -- has led to a concurrent rise in largely-unknown sites and services clamoring to be the Most Free for free speech absolutists.