cloudy.png
Monday October 25th, 2021 10:38AM

CEO of social media app Parler says board fired him

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — John Matze says he has been fired as CEO of Parler, which was among social media services used to plan the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

Matze’s announcement Wednesday followed Amazon’s Jan. 11 decision to remove Parler from its web-hosting service over its unwillingness to remove posts that called for the killing, rape and torture of politicians, tech executives and others. Google and Apple removed Parler’s app from their online stores.

Matze, in a post on the professional networking site LinkedIn, thanked Parler employees. “This is not a goodbye. Just a so long for now,” he wrote.

Matze linked to a report by Fox Business quoting a memo from him to employees that said he was fired Jan. 29 by the Parler board controlled by conservative donor Rebekah Mercer.

“The Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO of Parler,” the memo said. “I did not participate in this decision.”

A federal judge on Jan. 22 rejected Parler’s request to order Amazon to restore web service. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she wasn’t dismissing Parler’s claims against Amazon.

Matze, who co-founded Parler in 2018, said in a court filing that Parler’s abrupt shutdown was motivated at least partly by “a desire to deny President Trump a platform on any large social-media service.”

Parler experienced a surge in users after Twitter banned Trump amid pressure to curb incendiary speech following the Jan. 6 attack that resulted in five deaths. Trump also was banned by Facebook and Instagram.

Trump contemplated joining Parler under a pseudonym, Matze said.

He told the court Parler has “no tolerance for inciting violence or lawbreaking” and has relied on volunteer “jurors” to flag problem posts and vote on whether they should be removed.

Amazon said the suspension was a “last resort” to block Parler from harboring violent plans to disrupt the presidential transition.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Business, AP Business - Careers
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
CEO of social media app Parler says board fired him
John Matze says he has been fired as CEO of Parler, which was among social media services used to plan the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump
12:39AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Biden flexible on who gets aid, tells lawmakers to 'go big'
President Joe Biden is encouraging Democratic lawmakers to “act fast” on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan but also signaling he’s open to changes, including limiting the proposed $1,400 direct payments to Americans with lower income levels
12:15AM ( 29 minutes ago )
Takeaways from legal filings for Trump's impeachment trial
Legal briefs filed in the impeachment case against former President Donald Trump lay out radically different positions ahead of next week’s Senate trial
12:13AM ( 30 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Myanmar blocks Facebook as resistance grows to coup
Myanmar’s new military government has blocked access to Facebook as resistance to Monday’s coup surged amid calls for civil disobedience to protest the ousting of the elected civilian government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi
11:57PM ( 47 minutes ago )
AP Source: McKinsey to pay $573M for role in opioid crisis
The global business consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to a $573 million settlement over its role in the opioid crisis, according to a person with knowledge of the deal
11:05PM ( 1 hour ago )
Ohio police officer charged with murder in Andre Hill death
A white Ohio police officer has been charged with murder in the latest fallout following the December shooting death of 47-year-old Andre Hill, a Black man, the state’s attorney general says
10:48PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
No matches, testing times for tennis players in Australia
The Australian Open tournament director expects the year’s first tennis major to start as scheduled next week despite players being among the hundreds of people forced back into isolation after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive for COVID-19
11:23PM ( 1 hour ago )
Asian shares down on caution after modest US gains
Asian shares are mostly lower as caution sets in over company earnings reports, recent choppy trading in technology stocks and prospects for more economic stimulus for a world battling a pandemic
9:50PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Mexico sees near-record daily coronavirus deaths
Mexico has reported a near-record 1,707 confirmed coronavirus deaths, as the country runs out of vaccines
9:43PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Business
Mountain heartbreak: Italy has deep snow, closed ski resorts
Nature is playing a cruel joke on Italy's ski areas with one of the most prolific snowfalls in years even as the COVID-19 pandemic silences the country's winter resorts
3:47AM ( 20 hours ago )
Kemp would let retired teachers return to work at full pay
Some retired Georgia teachers could return to work and collect both a full salary and a full pension under a measure that Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing
2:42PM ( 1 day ago )
US economy shrank 3.5% in 2020 after growing 4% last quarter
Stuck in the grip of a viral pandemic, the U.S. economy grew at a 4% annual rate in the final three months of 2020 and shrank last year by the largest amount in 74 years
12:26PM ( 6 days ago )
AP Business - Careers
Biden flexible on who gets aid, tells lawmakers to 'go big'
President Joe Biden is encouraging Democratic lawmakers to “act fast” on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan but also signaling he’s open to changes, including limiting the proposed $1,400 direct payments to Americans with lower income levels
12:15AM ( 29 minutes ago )
Takeaways from legal filings for Trump's impeachment trial
Legal briefs filed in the impeachment case against former President Donald Trump lay out radically different positions ahead of next week’s Senate trial
12:13AM ( 30 minutes ago )
Defend or rebuke? House GOP faces difficult vote over Greene
House Republicans will be forced to go on the record defending or rebuking congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene
12:12AM ( 32 minutes ago )
Prayer breakfast gives Biden fresh chance to call for unity
President Joe Biden is expected to address the National Prayer Breakfast, a Washington tradition that calls on political combatants to set aside their differences for one morning
12:09AM ( 35 minutes ago )
Biden to visit State Dept. as US reengages with its allies
President Joe Biden is sending a message to his messengers, using a visit to the State Department to underscore his promise to restore a multilateral approach to U.S. foreign policy and reengage with the international community
12:08AM ( 36 minutes ago )