Parler, the far-right social network which became the home of right-wing extremists who were booted out of the mainstream social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, has fired its chief executive officer and founder, John Matze, over differences regarding the future of the platform. The firing of Matze comes as the conservative social network is on the verge of restoring its service after it was cut off by all major cloud providers for not removing violence-inciting content.
With Matze out of the picture, the company’s board is now entirely controlled by billionaire conservative donor, Rebekah Mercer, who was reportedly personally involved in the firing of Matze. Shortly after it was revealed that Matze has been fired, Dan Bongino, a well-known right-wing political pundit and a minority shareholder in Parler, released a statement in which he took a direct aim at Matze, saying that he has been responsible for a lot of bad decisions that ultimately led to the platform being de-platformed by every reputable hosting company. Matze’s firing is quite unusual since he was involved with the platform from the very beginning and had also written the original source code for it. According to several experts on social media, the firing of Matze might be Mercer’s first step in making the platform much more friendly towards far-right extremists.
Following the 2020 presidential election in the United States, Parler attracted a ton of far-right extremists who were fed up with the severe censorship of the mainstream social networks. However, Parler’s free speech motto didn’t go well with a lot of tech companies such as Google and Apple. The platform started getting de-platformed after several Trump supporters posted videos of the deadly Capitol Hill insurrection. It was also revealed that Trump supporters used Parler to organize the rallies that eventually led to the insurrection.