CEO Of Parler John Matze

Parler CEO John Matze was fired from his own company this week after suggesting the site increase its hitherto lackluster efforts to police third-party content.

If the site is to have any success competing with mainstream social media sites, he argued, it must begin to implement the sort of content moderation policies touted by Twitter and Facebook.

His suggestion sparked a fight with Rebekah Mercer, a GOP donor who leads Parler’s Board of Directors. “She was never really involved in the company at all,” said Matze of Mercer. “By the time November 2020 came around, she was ready to insert herself in every discussion.”

And it’s a good thing she did.

Without Mercer’s staunch commitment to the First Amendment, Parler could devolve into the very thing it was built to fight against.

“The owners and managers of the company worked tirelessly to build a resilient, non-partisan platform dedicated to freedom of expression, civil discourse, and user privacy,” explains Parler executive Amy Peikoff. “That has been and continues to be our vision, and any assertions to the contrary.”

Parler exploded in popularity when President Trump was ousted from Facebook and Twitter, becoming the most-downloaded app in the Apple app store in early January.

Parler was removed from the Internet last month when Amazon terminated its web hosting services over claims that Parler’s lack of content moderation helped facilitate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol (in reality, all major social media sites were used to plan the event).

Parler sued Amazon for breach of contract, but a federal court backed Amazon’s claim that Parler violated its end of the contract by refusing to remove violent content that Amazon had flagged.

Parler is expected to be back online and available to its 15 million users soon.

“We could have been up in a week if we just would have bent the knee,” says Dan Bongino, a conservative talkshow host and Parler investor. “John decided to make this public, not us…We were handling it like gentlemen.”

17 thoughts on “Why Did the CEO of Parler Just Get Fired?”
  1. “Bending the knee” to progressive and/or globalist censorship would have been a “poison pill” for Parler. Why surrender the key market difference? Media people continue to repeat the lie about the Jan 6th events. Look for the dishonest adjectives in their rendition of events. They are “insurrection”, “fatal”, and the like. A demonstration and entry into the Capital bldg isn’t an insurrection. The only fatality attributable to activities was the police shooting of an unarmed woman!

  2. Bowing to the pressure of doing business in the manner we all see as biased is a pointless endeavor. I have received an email stating the leader of the “Convention Of States” has taken over the CEO position with Parler. This is a definitive statement as to the direction Parler is headed. I absolutely applaud their efforts.
    It’s time we define how social media is managed. Clearly social media has become a part of every day life and should be held to certain standards. Unfortunately these standards have become a screen hiding a particular political agenda. Just like any public utility there’s an infrastructure necessary for the product and this allows for some leeway in policy making. Yet we also must watch for monopolies that may dictate policy for everyone. That’s an unfair and unbalanced advantage. Trump had been working towards a solution but unfortunately the Biden administration has not only put the brakes on but have regressed by eliminating all that Trump has imposed. The left hates nothing more than dissention from their established policies and rhetoric. In the end freedom of choice is the only choice. Individuals should be held responsible for their words and actions. The format they choose to use should have specified liabilities and standards by which the playing field is leveled. Clearly the present administration has no interest in clarification of these standards and liabilities. It’s time lawmakers legislate and define with absolute clarity and impose legislation equally among media outlets regardless of political affiliation.

  3. I hope parlor stays neutral and allows all posts otherwise it’s just another Twitter. No one should be able to censor free speech. When Twitter can silence the president of the United States something is wrong with this picture.

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