Parler CEO John Matze is lashing out at ‘evil’ liberal politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for encouraging the ban against his app that was dropped by Apple, Google and Amazon this weekend in the wake of last week’s Capitol siege.
Parler was thrown into the spotlight following the January 6 riot where a Trump-inspired mob stormed the Capitol building to protest the certification of the presidential election and five people were left dead.
It was later revealed that people who joined the protest had mobilized on the platform and over the weekend Apple, GooglePlay and Amazon Web Services cut Parler from their services for allowing messages to be shared inciting violence even after Wednesday’s Capitol attack.
Matze says pulling his app is unconstitutional.
‘I think it’s sick. That’s not what the Constitution said. That’s not what the Constitution stands for, banning 10-plus million U.S. voters from the internet, barring people from free speech,’ he said to Fox News.
‘When people do things like that, it shows that they don’t understand the meaning of the Constitution or this country and what it stands for,’ he added.
Parler CEO John Matze (left) is defending his social media app after liberal Congress members like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) demanded the platform be censored and removed from app stores. AOC pictured right during an Instagram live Tuesday evening
‘I think it’s sick. That’s not what the Constitution said. That’s not what the Constitution stands for, banning 10-plus million U.S. voters from the internet, barring people from free speech, Matze said on the removal of his app from Apple, Google and Amazon
Politicians like Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been vocal in condemning Parler.
On January 8 Ocasio-Cortez tweeted screenshots of violent conversations on the app in which Trump supporters discuss carrying weapons, threaten violence, and discuss doxxing and murdering police officers.
She demanded Apple and GooglePlay pull the app from their stores for the hate speech allowed on the platform and the companies did over the weekend.
Parler went offline shortly after 3am EST Monday after Amazon booted the platform off its web hosting service, effectively shutting the site down. Parler hit back with a lawsuit the same day.
Parler is now seeking a temporary restraining order to keep Amazon Web Services from blackballing Parler. The platform further accuses Amazon Web Services of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act.
On January 8 AOC demanded Apple and Google hold Parler accountable for allowing messages including hate speech and inciting violence to be posted on the app even after the January 6 riot at the Capitol
Soon after both Apple and Google removed Parler from its services
Matze says he feels that tech giants are now bowing to liberals critical of right-wing sympathizers on social media.
‘Frankly, I would call it evil, because my definition of evil is “forcing your will upon others.” If you don’t like what I have to say, you can disagree with me, but you cannot take vindictive action against me without being evil,’ he added.
While Parler itself is a non-partisan company, it has become a place of refuge for Trump supporters and QAnon conspiracy theorists kicked off Facebook and Twitter.
The app is popular among political conservatives and became the most downloaded app the weekend of November 8 – when the election was called for Biden, and has been criticized for allowing hateful, violent speech to run free on the app.
Matze says he won’t give up on Parler and the app will return in the future with a few necessary tweaks to allow for a safe environment while advocating for free speech and respecting the privacy of users.
A view of flash bangs being used to disperse the swathes of Trump supporters to rioted at the Capitol on January 6 to protest the certification of the presidential election
Chaos at the Capitol: A view of Pro-Trump protesters storming the capitol building on Wednesday after Trump urged his followers to oppose Congress’ certification of the election results
He says it’s not just his company that has suffered in the wake of the protests, but he’s received multiple death threats in the past week.
‘There is a group called UGNazi that is targeting me,’ Matze said.
The hacker group has already released many of his passwords and personal information on the internet.
‘They published my street address, they threatened to come through my front door,’ Matze said.
Now he’s gone into hiding with his family and is unsure when he’ll return home.
‘If I was at home right now I think my stress levels would have been like three times higher…at least there is that saving grace,’ he said.