Parler CEO John Matze is Out

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Lazzaro Rossi | Patriots Freedom

“I did not participate in this decision. The future of Parler is no longer in my hands.”
John Matze

Things are really hopping on the Big Tech front. Today’s big news: Parler CEO John Matze was just terminated.  According to reports, there was an internal struggle that was holding up Parler’s ability to get back online. With Matze gone, the site will soon be back up. 

Here is Matze’s official statement:

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. I understand that those who now control the company have made some communications to employees and other third parties that have unfortunately created confusion and prompted me to make this public statement.”

Ugh. I hate division and turmoil, so these past few weeks have been awful. But seeing division and pain between conservatives feels even more distressing than the ongoing battle between The Right and The Left.  

“Over the past few months, I’ve met constant resistance to my product vision, my strong belief in free speech and my view of how the Parler site should be managed,” Matze added. “For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation.” 

“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 continued. “I want to thank the Parler employees, the people on Parler and Parler supporters for their tireless work and devotion to the company. They are an amazing group of diverse, hardworking and talented individuals and I have the utmost respect for them. Many of them have become my second family.”

I’m of the opinion that conservatives need to stick together, but it sounds like it’s too late, at least in this case. 

I do hope Parler comes back. . .and soon. We conservatives need all of the safe platforms we can find to share truth without fear of censorship. But it breaks my heart to see Parler’s story end this way. 



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