Type social news aggregation website
What is Voat
Voat is a social news aggregation website where community members can submit and vote on a variety of online news, topics, and media content using a functionally that is similarly utilized by popular sites, like Reddit and Digg. It was created as a platform for free speech (Mostly). 
Voat's mascot is a goat. It was made by genial. 
The site is divided into different community boards called "subverses" with each dedicated to a specific topic and containing its own set of rules. Users can submit content to a subverse, which is subsequently voted upon by the community to determine its placement on the board's front page. If a post received a significant amount of upvotes, it may be featured on the front page of Voat.
History and Background
Two computer science/ economic students from Switzerland's University of Zurich launched the site, WhoaVerse, as a hobby project in April 2014. In December 2014, the site changed it's name and move the domain to Voat.co.
First Reddit Exodus
On February 7, 2015, the Redditor, metaredditcancer, posted a comment accusing a group of moderators from the r/Shitredditsays community and a few corrupt Reddit administrators of organizing a cabal to promote radical feminist beliefs and censor opposing viewpoints across Reddit. In response, many Reddit users promoted Voat as a free speech alternative to Reddit. Two days later, the Voat team did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) post on Voat's announcements board. On the thread, the team responded to an inquiry asking if they considered themselves as "Social Justice Warriors".
We are not SJW and don't plan on becoming it. Also (luckily for us), no SJW girlfriends ;) We believe in freedom of speech as an inherent value in human communication and will do the utmost to uphold this principle on Voat.
During February 18, 2015, The Washington Post reported that many Reddit users had abandoned the site following the post and were moving to Voat.
Second Reddit Exodus
On June 10th, 2015, Reddit administrators announced they had removed /r/fatpeoplehate and four other subreddits “based on their harassment of individuals.” Within 24 hours, the announcement post had a score of “0” and over 28,600 comments, many of which expressed dismay with the decision to ban the subreddit. In retaliation, users flooded the site with replacement fat shaming subreddits, with each being banned shortly after creation. Throughout the that, the front page of /r/all/ was overrun with fat shaming images, posts criticizing the /r/fatpeoplehate ban and posts denouncing Reddit CEO Ellen Pao. Additionally, many Redditors promoting moving to Voat in protest of the subreddit removal. For the next 48 hours, Voat servers went down due to the large influx of new users. In the coming days, several news site published articles about the exodus to Voat, including Wired, IBI Times and Gizmodo.
Third Reddit Exodus
On June 2, 2015, the events of the AMAgeddon brought another wave of unsatisfied Reddit users to the site, making the site another time go offline. The team stated that they will “fight to the last penny in order to keep Voat alive”.