Capitol riots: Parler boss says he has actually been fired by the board

The board of self-styled “totally free speech-driven” social networks platform Parler has fired its chief executive John Matze, he said on Wednesday.

Parler was favoured by many United States conservatives who challenged content rules on Facebook and Twitter.

It has far less users than either of its rivals, but proliferated the wake of the US presidential election.

The platform has actually been mostly offline because the 6 January riot in Washington DC.

“On January 29, 2021, the Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer chose to instantly end my position as CEO of Parler. I did not participate in this decision,” Mr Matze said in a memo sent out to Parler personnel, originally reported by Fox News.

Mr Matze didn’t give a reason for his termination.

“Over the previous few months, I’ve fulfilled continuous resistance to my product vision, my strong belief in totally free speech and my view of how the Parler site need to be handled,” the memo stated.

Mr Matze appeared to validate the story, posting it to his LinkedIn account, saying “this is not a goodbye. Simply a so long in the meantime”.

Still offline

Parler first launched in 2018, but its user base rose after the 2020 US election, when it was the most downloaded app in the US.

However Parler’s user base of 12 million is just a fraction of its rival Twitter, which has more than 300 million.

The tech companies that provided the infrastructure it needed to run dropped Parler after advocates of the former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington.

Amazon’s cloud-hosting division along with Google and Apple’s app stores stated they removed Parler because it was not able or unwilling to cops material that encouraged or incited violence against others.

Parler is suing Amazon Web Provider (AWS), accusing it of breaking anti-trust laws by removing it.

The platform stated AWS’s decision to end Parler’s account was motivated by “political animus” and was deigned to reduce competition amongst microblogging services, thus helping its rival Twitter.

Although Parler hasn’t launched a full list of its monetary advocates, heiress and Republican politician Party donor Rebekah Mercer and conservative analyst Dan Bongino are among the companies understood backers.

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