Pour one out for the folks on Voat. The so-called “free speech” Reddit clone — designed to appeal to people too hateful for Reddit — has apparently run out of money and will close its virtual doors on Christmas day.
According to site co-founder Justin Chastain, in a weirdly sexually suggestive post on Voat titled “I Can’t Keep It Up,” the site has basically been running on fumes since its big investor pulled support for the site in March. “I personally decided to keep Voat up until after the US election of 2020,” Chastain explained. “I’ve been paying the costs out of pocket but now I’m out of money.”
Chastain has decided to milk the melodrama of the shutdown for all it’s worth.
I will lay Voat upon the cross on December 25th 2020 at 12 noon PST. I have chosen Christmas as the day to do so in honor of the only True thing you will find in this world and that is Jesus Christ, the son of God, and the only way to the Father. I chose 12 noon in honor of the twelve disciples who spread the message of salvation to the world. In this way, my hope is that perhaps 12 people will carry the cross for Freedom of Speech and sacrifice part of their lives for an ideal in the way I did, but hopefully with much more success, glory, and reward.
Well, all righty then.
The regulars on Voat responded to the announcement in classic Voat style, with one commenter declaring that “Killing Voat on Christmas Day is such a Jew thing to do.”
Another commenter agreed:
Governments put out orders to attempt to prevent people from seeing their families over christmas. Then this site shuts down the “online family” on the very same day. They want us isolated. We need to stop relying on internet connections and form irl communities, asap.
A third commenter ironically named Don’tBeRacist responded:
At this point I’m so sick of n*ggers and n*gger shit everywhere, I’d be happy with a group of people also opposed to n*gger shit like n*gger monkey music.
Yeah, I don’t think the world of internet discourse will be losing much when Voat goes dark.
The real question is where the Voat refugees will go. In a discussion of Voat’s closing on the GamerGhazi subreddit, one commenter predicted that the Voat People will wash up on Parler:
I think the best case scenario would be that voat scum migrates to Parler, causing a clash of anticultures and schism leading to it eating itself alive.
One can only hope.
Indeed. The more these awful people fight one another, the less damage they can do in the real world. Goodbye, Voat, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
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