‘I Did Not Participate in This Decision’
John Matze, CEO of Parler, said he had been fired by the board of directors of the social media platform.
“I did not participate in this decision” – said Matze in a memo from Fox News. “The future of Parler is no longer in my hands.”
A major Parler investor told The Gateway Pundit that this was an internal power struggle that was preventing the social media site from getting back online. After the problem is resolved, it is expected to be back online soon.
Fox Business reported:
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EXCLUSIVE – Parler has terminated CEO John Matze according to a memo Matze sent to employees by Fox News.
On January 29, 2021, the Rebekah Mercer-controlled Parler board of directors decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO of Parler. I did not participate in this decision, ”wrote Matze. “I understand that those who now control the company have made some communications to employees and other third parties that unfortunately created confusion and prompted me to make this public statement.”
“Over the past few months I’ve encountered constant opposition to my product vision, my strong belief in free speech, and my view on how the Parler site should be managed. For example, I advocated more product stability and, in my opinion, a more effective approach to content moderation, ”wrote Matze.
“I worked endless hours and fought constant battles to get the Parler site up and running, but at this point the future of Parler is no longer in my hands,” he continued. “I would like to thank the Parler employees, Parler employees and Parler supporters for their tireless work and dedication to the company. They are an amazing group of diverse, hardworking, and talented people, and I have the greatest respect for them. Many of them have become my second family. “
Parler, the free speech alternative to Twitter, was deformed last month after Big Tech worked together to remove the social media company from app stores.
Amazon shut down the entire website after Apple and Google removed Parler from their app stores.
Matze, who had previously been hiding after death threats, told staff that he would be taking time out before looking for a new business.
After that, I will look for new opportunities where my technical acumen, vision, and the causes I am passionate about are required and respected, ”he wrote. “I would like to thank everyone at Parler who supported me and the platform. This was the true American dream: a living room idea into a business of considerable value. I don’t say goodbye, just for so long. “