John Matze Wiki – John Matze Biography
John Matze blamed the board controlled by Republican co-founder and donor Rebekah Mercer for his impeachment. Matze launched the controversial social media app Parler in 2018 alongside Mercer and Jared Thomson. The app was banned from Google, Apple, and AWS a few weeks ago for allegedly allowing the spread of violence through unfiltered content, leading to the horrific attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Parler, which was founded in 2018, has defined itself as space “driven by freedom of expression.” The platform experienced rapid growth with conservative users becoming frustrated as more mainstream platforms such as Twitter and Facebook increasingly cracked down on falsehoods and misinformation.
However, the site faces an uncertain future after being essentially taken offline after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Amazon’s cloud hosting division subsequently abandoned its website, while Google and Apple also suspended Parler from their app stores.
Matze, who describes himself as a libertarian, founded Parler as an alternative to mainstream platforms but began courting right-wing users when prominent Donald Trump supporters moved there. Senator Ted Cruz has promoted the app, while right-wing figures like Laura Loomer, who had been kicked out of other platforms, found refuge there.
The social network, which resembles Twitter, takes its name from the French verb that means “to speak,” but is often pronounced like the English word “parlor.” Parler says it has more than 10 million users.
This month, US lawmakers asked the FBI to investigate Parler’s role in facilitating and planning the attack on the US Capitol, citing reports that it was used to detail violent threats against elected officials.
John Matze Age
John Matze’s age is unknown.
Why was Matze fired
After Amazon Web Services (AWS) head and new Amazon CEO Andy Jassy decided to pull the plug on Parler, Matze emerged as a highly vocal representative against the decision. He appeared regularly on the news, trying to defend ‘free speech’ and condemning the decision by Amazon.
Speculations are rife about the reason behind the Parler CEO’s termination. While the real reason behind his termination is yet to be unveiled, Matze’s memo has sparked the belief that there was considerable conflict among the board members and Matze regarding the future of the company. Matze confirmed that he would start seeking new opportunities soon where his ‘technical acumen, vision’ and the causes he is passionate about, will be ‘required and respected’.
Matze say in the memo
After the termination was finalized, Matze sent out a memo to the Parler staff, openly stating his feelings about the decision. He added that in the past few months, he had advocated for a “more effective approach to content moderation”, but that his vision and objectives were always met with “constant resistance”.
“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,” his statement mentioned. He remarked in an acerbic tone that the present controllers of the company have made certain confusing communication to employees and third parties regarding his termination, which prompted him to make a “public statement”.
Matze also added that he had worked relentlessly to reinstate Parler, which was gearing up for launching again in early February. However, the relaunch with updated content policies was apparently delayed due to new branding and major changes within the company to retain stability.