A few days ago we reported that Parler CEO John Matze had been fired.
At the time of the announcement, I didn’t really know what to make of it. I was nervous that this meant Parler would be caving on their Free Speech promise.
Then shortly after the news broke Dan Bongino released a video giving more insight.
Now, after he released his video I believed Bongino. I simply trust Dan Bongino more than I trusted Matze.
We now know that was the right move.
Former Parler CEO John Matze is now admitting he was fired because he wanted to ban “white supremacists, domestic terrorists, and followers of the QAnon pro-Trump conspiracy movement”.
The chief executive of Parler said he was fired by the board of directors of the “free speech” social-media company — whose app was kicked off the internet for hosting violent content after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — after he advocated for stricter moderation policies.
Former Parler CEO John Matze said he was terminated Jan. 29 by the board, which he said is “controlled by Rebekah Mercer,” the GOP donor who is among Parler’s investors. The news was first reported by Fox Business.
Matze, who once briefly worked for Amazon’s AWS division as a software developer before joining Parler in early 2018, said in a New York Times interview that he had told Mercer that for Parler to get back online the company needed to consider banning white supremacists, domestic terrorists and followers of the QAnon pro-Trump conspiracy movement. “I got dead silence as a response, and I took that dead silence as disagreement,” he told the Times.
Now, understand the vagueness of what Matze wanted to be banned.
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