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Former Parler CEO John Matze says he's 'not exactly sure why' he was terminated
Former Parler CEO John Matze says he doesn’t understand why he was terminated
Former Parler CEO John Matze argues the decision to ban the social media platform made by Big Tech giants such as Amazon shouldn’t be blamed on the founder.
Parler’s former CEO John Matze said Friday he’s “not exactly sure why” he was terminated from the company that he built from the ground up, but feels his plan to make the social media platform “a little bit more pragmatic while still respecting free speech” wasn’t embraced by the board.
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“Jared, the other co-founder and I, we designed and architected the original software. I had made most of the iPhone app myself, coded it myself for the first two and a half years, so given recent stress and everything going on, there had been some pushback, back and forth, but I don’t understand, still to this day, why I have been terminated,” Matze told "Mornings with Maria" host Maria Bartiromo adding that “I just don’t think they know what’s going on.”
PARLER CEO JOHN MATZE SAYS HE’S BEEN TERMINATED BY BOARD: ‘I DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS DECISION’
In a memo to staffers first obtained by FOX Business on Wednesday, Matze noted that "the Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO," and that he "did not participate in this decision."
Matze added that he has been recently met with "constant resistance" to his original vision for the social media platform following Amazon Web Services' decision to shut Parler down for failure to moderate "egregious content" related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
"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. For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation," Matze wrote.
Bartiromo asked Matze what the board was resisting, noting that he had a vision for a “free speech opportunity in a world where we’re seeing censorship on so many platforms” across social media.
“As of recent, having been taken off the Apple stores and taken off Google Play and Amazon dropping us, I thought it was probably a good time to start looking at being a little bit more pragmatic while still respecting free speech. And so my concept was the idea of adding AI and other technologies to the platform to be more proactive, especially in times of scaling, but then to have a system in place so that every decision that was made by these authoritative-style devices like AIs and other people, so that you could have a third party come in and say, ‘Hey, I don’t agree with the decision that these guys made,’” Matze explained on Friday.
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“You can then go ahead and contest it and it would get sent to a jury of your peers,” he added. “That was my idea and my concept… That was my vision forward for the moderation front, but I don’t know really what the biggest disconnect was. This was not explained to me.”