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Parler CEO John Matze reveals he was fired by board

Parler is backed by Republican Party donor Rebekah Mercer and is popular amongst the US conservatives.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | February 4, 2021 | Updated 10:48 IST

Highlights

  • Parler CEO John Matze has revealed that he was fired by the board.
  • Parler is backed by Republican Party donor Rebekah Mercer and is popular amongst the US conservatives.
  • Parler, which is similar to Twitter, is popular amongst the supporters of ex-US President Donald Trump

Parler CEO John Matze has revealed that he was fired by the board. Parler is backed by Republican Party donor Rebekah Mercer and is popular amongst the US conservatives. Matze had confirmed his termination. The social media platform has grabbed a lot of headlines after it was removed by Apple and Google from their respective app stores.

"On 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," Parler was quoted as saying by Fox News.

Matze, who was the co-founder of Parler, said that he was not given any reason behind the termination. He said that his difference in opinion with the Republican political donor Rebekah Mercer could have led to his termination. Rebekah supports the company financially.

"I've always been about free speech and everyone being welcome. I've never been about conservative political activism," Matze said. But he also revealed that he suggested Rebekah to block domestic terrorists, white supremacists and stop promoting pro-Trump conspiracy theories.

"I got dead silence as a response, and I took that dead silence as disagreement," he said.

Parler, which is similar to Twitter, is popular amongst the supporters of ex-US President Donald Trump and right-wing conservatives. Last month, Parler was removed from Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store and booted from Amazon's web-hosting platform. The app was removed because it did not impose restrictions on posts that incited violence. However, Parler was not blocked by the internet service providers and hence it remains on the phones of users who had the app.

Talking about removing Parler, Google in a statement said, "Our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence. All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We're aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US."

However, Matze had been trying to get the app back on App Stores and Amazon Web Hosting services. Parler filed a case against Amazon for anti-trust violations but nothing helped.

On January 6, US Capitol Building was attacked by Trump supporters. The incident took place when Joe Biden was being certified as the new president of the United States. Trump encouraged the rioters on its social media platforms but was soon banned from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube indefinitely.

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