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Ex-Parler CEO Says He Was Fired Because He Wanted To Silence QAnon Posts


A real battle has broken out in Parler-world between ex-CEO John Matze and Parler owners, most notably and most outspokenly, Dan Bongino.

When the story first broke, Matze claimed he was fired because the board didn’t like his free-speech ideas.

Dan Bongino immediately took to the airwaves to post this video saying the exact opposite was true.

Watch Bongino’s video here courtesy of Rumble:

And now we have more on the story that appears to validate Bongino’s story….

According to a new report, Matze himself claims he was fired because he wanted to censor QAnon posts and apparently the rest of the board disagreed.

Take a look:

If that report is true, then Bongino stands firmly on the side of free speech and continues to have my 100% respect.

From Variety:

The chief executive of Parler said he was fired by the board of directors of the “free speech” social-media company — whose app was kicked off the internet for hosting violent content after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — after he advocated for stricter moderation policies.

Former Parler CEO John Matze said he was terminated Jan. 29 by the board, which he said is “controlled by Rebekah Mercer,” the GOP donor who is among Parler’s investors. The news was first reported by Fox Business.

Matze, who once briefly worked for Amazon’s AWS division as a software developer before joining Parler in early 2018, said in a New York Times interview that he had told Mercer that for Parler to get back online the company needed to consider banning white supremacists, domestic terrorists and followers of the QAnon pro-Trump conspiracy movement. “I got dead silence as a response, and I took that dead silence as disagreement,” he told the Times.

In response to Matze’s claims, right-wing personality Dan Bongino, who also is an investor in Parler, posted a video on Facebook in which he said Matze had made “really bad decisions” that led to Parler’s deplatforming. “We could have been up in a week if we just would have bent the knee,” Bongino said, alluding to requirements from Apple, Google and Amazon that Parler remove hate speech and violent content from the app. “The vision of the company as a free-speech site and a stable product, immune and hardened to cancel culture, was ours,” Bongino said, adding that “John decided to make this public, not us.”

In the days after the deadly pro-Trump riot at the Capitol, Parler was removed from Apple and Google’s app stores, with the companies citing threats of violence and illegal activity on the app. Apple “looked at the incitement to violence that was on [the Parler app] and… we don’t consider that free speech,” CEO Tim Cook said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” last month.

A few days after Parler was booted from the app stores, Amazon’s AWS division terminated Parler’s hosting services contract, citing nearly 100 examples of violent threats on the app. Parler sued Amazon for breach of contract, but a federal judge denied the company’s request for a preliminary injunction to force AWS to reinstate service. “The court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors requiring AWS to host the incendiary speech that the record shows some of Parler’s users have engaged in,” the judge wrote in the ruling.

Parler had styled itself as a free-wheeling haven for conservatives and an alternative to mainstream social networks like Twitter and Facebook, which have enforced rules prohibiting hate speech and incitement to violence. “Most people on Parler are non-violent people who want to share their opinions, food pics and more,” Matze had written in a post on the app before it was disabled.

And here’s even better news….

Parler (with 100% free speech) may be BACK ONLINE by Monday!

Here’s the latest:

From Fox News:

Parler, the social media platform that was forced offline by Amazon following the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, could be up and running again early next week, co-owner Dan Bongino told “Hannity” Thursday.

“We’re shooting for Monday,” said Bongino, who is also a Fox News contributor. “Monday looks good. Fingers crossed.”

Bongino joined host Sean Hannity one day after Fox News obtained a memo to employees from ex-CEO John Matze explaining why he was terminated by the company’s board of directors last week.

Matze alleged that he had been met with “constant resistance” to his original vision for Parler following Amazon Web Services’ decision to shut the platform down for failure to moderate “egregious content” related to the Capitol riot.

“For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation,” Matze wrote.

Bongino disputed Matze’s claims in a Facebook video published earlier Wednesday.

“I have no personal gripe against John, the CEO, at all, I want to be crystal clear,” he said, “but John decided to make this public, not us. We were handling it like gentlemen.

“We were the ones, in fact, fighting to get Parler back up. There was some really bad decisions made from people on the inside, and listen, this isn’t us airing dirty laundry. This is protecting a company that is absolutely committed to free speech, that I put the last year of my life into. Do you actually believe that someone else was on the side of free speech?”

“”The relationship with Parler and the CEO did not work out because the CEO’s vision was not ours,” Bongino added later in the video. “Everybody clear on that? Our vision was crystal clear. We needed to get up and fight back, some terrible decisions were made in the past, that led us to getting put down by Amazon and others.”

A Parler insider told Fox News Thursday the delay was caused by new branding and changes occurring within the company for the sake of stability.

For the record, we are also having a ball on Telegram and we will continue to be active on Telegram even after Parler returns.

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