BREAKING NEWS: Parler CEO John Matze is fired less than one month after the right wing social media network was shut down over incendiary Capitol siege posts
- The former CEO told staff in a memo earlier this week that he had been met with ‘constant resistance’ to his ‘belief in free speech’
- On Friday, the Parler board decided to to terminate Matze
- Matze said he plans to take a few weeks off before searching for a new role
Parler has fired CEO John Matze just weeks after the conservative social media site was shut down over violent and incendiary posts about the Capitol siege
Parler has fired CEO John Matze just weeks after the conservative social media site was shut down over violent and incendiary posts about the Capitol siege.
In a memo Matze sent out to staff this week, first obtained by Fox News, the former CEO said he had been met with ‘constant resistance’ to his ‘belief in free speech’ and vision for Parler after Amazon Web Services shut down the site for ‘egregious content’ related to the Capitol riots.
On Friday, the Parler board decided to to terminate Matze, he wrote in his memo.
‘I did not participate in this decision,’ Matze wrote. ‘I 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.’
‘Over the past few months, I’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. For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation,’ Matze wrote.
‘Over the past few weeks, I have worked endless hours and fought constant battles to get the Parler site running but at this point, the future of Parler is no longer in my hands.
On Friday, the Parler board decided to to terminate Matze, he wrote in his memo
‘I want to thank the Parler employees, the people on Parler and Parler supporters for their tireless work and devotion to the company. They are an amazing group of diverse, hardworking and talented individuals and I have the utmost respect for them. Many of them have become my second family.’
Matze plans to take a few weeks off before searching for a new role.
‘After that, I’ll be looking for new opportunities where my technical acumen, vision and the causes I am passionate about will be required and respected,’ he wrote.
‘I want to thank all the people of Parler that supported me and the platform.
‘This has been the true American Dream: an idea from a living room to a company of considerable value. I’m not saying goodbye, just so long for now.’