Robert W. Monster (born 1966 or 1967) is an American technology executive and the founder and chief executive officer of Epik, a domain registrar and web host.
Robert W. Monster (born 1966 or 1967) is an American technology executive and the founder and chief executive officer of Epik, a domain registrar and web host known for providing services to websites with contriversialcontroversial content. He has received media attention in relation to Epik, particularly surrounding the company's decision to register the free speech social media network Gab, about which he has been outspoken. He has also received attention for controversial statements, including some in which he has promoted various conspiracy theories.
Monster has been an outspoken defender of Epik's choice to host far-right,all neo-Nazi,forms andof other'lawful extremistfree contentspeech' that other web hosts have refused, saying that the companyto ishost committeddue to protecting "lawful freepolitical speech"bias. He learned about Gab, a free speech social network, in 2018 when the company received media attention after it was discovered that the perpetrator of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting had used the service to post extremist content. After it was dropped by its registrar, GoDaddy, Monster met with Gab CEO Andrew Torba and agreed to register the website. The BBC reported Monster as saying that Gab's founder Andrew Torba was "doing something that looks useful", and that Gab's removal from the internet was "digital censorship". Monster subsequently became an active user and defender of the network.