CEO of social media app Parler says board fired him

NEW YORK — John Matze states he has been fired as CEO of Parler, which was amid social media services applied to system the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

Matze’s announcement Wednesday followed Amazon’s Jan. 11 determination to remove Parler from its web-web hosting support in excess of its unwillingness to get rid of posts that called for the killing, rape and torture of politicians, tech executives and many others. Google and Apple taken out Parler’s application from their on the net stores.

Matze, in a write-up on the qualified networking website LinkedIn, thanked Parler workforce. “This is not a goodbye. Just a so lengthy for now,” he wrote.

Matze connected to a report by Fox Business enterprise quoting a memo from him to employees that mentioned he was fired Jan. 29 by the Parler board controlled by conservative donor Rebekah Mercer.

“The Parler board managed by Rebekah Mercer made a decision to promptly terminate my position as CEO of Parler,” the memo said. “I did not take part in this determination.”

A federal decide on Jan. 22 rejected Parler’s request to get Amazon to restore website service. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle explained she wasn’t dismissing Parler’s statements against Amazon.

Matze, who co-founded Parler in 2018, explained in a courtroom filing that Parler’s abrupt shutdown was motivated at the very least partly by “a want to deny President Trump a system on any huge social-media service.”

Parler experienced a surge in customers following Twitter banned Trump amid strain to control incendiary speech next the Jan. 6 assault that resulted in 5 fatalities. Trump also was banned by Fb and Instagram.

Trump contemplated signing up for Parler less than a pseudonym, Matze claimed.

He informed the courtroom Parler has “no tolerance for inciting violence or lawbreaking” and has relied on volunteer “jurors” to flag difficulty posts and vote on no matter whether they should be eliminated.

Amazon reported the suspension was a “last resort” to block Parler from harboring violent options to disrupt the presidential changeover.