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Parler CEO John Matze said he was terminated by the social media sites board at the end of January. Matze says he had no control over the decision.

“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. 

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Matze also wrote he was met with “constant resistance” from the board about his original ideas from Parler, following recent events with Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

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.

When the website was first shut down by AWS, Matze was sure the social media platform would be up and running by the end of the month

“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.

Written ByHaley Weger

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