Parler’s CEO John Matze has been fired.
John Matze, chief executive of Parler, has been asked to step down, weeks after the conservative social media platform went dark.
Apple and Google removed Parler from their app stores after the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Amazon Web Services subsequently declined to host the the platform, citing ongoing, violent posts that violated its terms of service. Parler slapped AWS with an antitrust lawsuit but a judge denied its request for a temporary restraining order.
Matze co-founded Henderson, Nevada-based Parler in 2018 with Jared Thomson and conservative political donor Rebekah Mercer. It became a preferred platform for right wing conspiracists and Trump supporters, including those who were pushed off Twitter.
â€œOn January 29, 2021, the Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO of Parler. I did not participate in this decision,â€ Matze wrote in a memo to staff first reported by Fox News. â€œI understand that those who now control the company have made some communications to employees and other third parties that have unfortunately created confusion and prompted me to make this public statement.â€
â€œOver the past few months, Iâ€™ve met constant resistance to my product vision, my strong belief in free speech and my view of how the Parler site should be managed,â€ he said in a statement. â€œFor example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation,â€ he told the outlet.
I honestly have no clue what to make of this at this point.
The only thing that is quite scary is that according to Matze he has been met with resistance to his “strong belief” in free speech.
Does this mean Parler is going to bend to the pressures? Will they come out stronger than ever?
I guess only time will tell.
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