John Matze Wiki – John Matze Biography
John Matze blamed the board controlled by co-founder and Republican donor Rebekah Mercer for his ouster. Matze launched the controversial social media app Parler in 2018 along with 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, which led to the horrific US Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.
Parler, which was founded in 2018, has styled itself as a “free speech-driven” space. The platform saw rapid growth with conservative users who grew frustrated as more mainstream platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, increasingly cracked down on falsehoods and misinformation.
However the site is facing an uncertain future after being essentially forced offline after the 6 January attack on the US Capitol. Its website was subsequently dropped by Amazon’s cloud-hosting division, while Google and Apple had also suspended Parler from its app stores.
Matze, who describes himself as libertarian, founded Parler as an alternative to mainstream platforms but began courting right-leaning users as prominent supporters of Donald Trump moved there. Senator Ted Cruz has promoted the app, while rightwing figures such as Laura Loomer, who had been banned from other platforms, found a haven there.
The social network, which resembles Twitter, takes its name from the French verb meaning “to talk” but is often pronounced like the English word “parlor”. Parler says it has more than 10m users.
This month, US lawmakers asked the FBI to investigated the role of Parler 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.