Parler CEO John Matze Was Terminated by Company Board
Photo by Ascannio via Shutterstock
“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,” Matze said in a memo to Parler staffers.
He wrote the memo on Feb. 3 and said he was prompted by third parties made by the people who now control Parler.
Less than a month ago, AWS shut down Parler’s website, for failure to moderate information about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Matze says since the shutdown, his ideas of free speech and view of how Parler should be run have been resisted by the board, which is run by Rebekah Mercer. Mercer, whose family was one of the most influential backers of Trump in the 2016 Presidential election, also funds Parler.
“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,” Matze said.