Parler CEO is now out of job.
Most social media sites aren’t too friendly with the far-right, according to some conservatives.
Parler is an exception. The majority of its users are conservatives.
It favored free speech.
After President Trump’s Twitter account was suspended, his supporters flocked to Parler.
When the violent mob flocked to the US Capitol, this far-right-friendly social media platform went offline. It wasn’t its choice though.
Apple removed Parler from its App Store and Amazon shut down its account.
A week after it was booted, it re-emerged but not yet fully functional. The first post after it was shut down was from John.
He just said, “Hello world, is this thing on?”
The company’s board wasn’t satisfied. In an internal memo, Parler CEO John Matze revealed that he has been terminated by the company’s board because of the platform’s “role” in the riot at the Capitol in January.
The termination happened on January 29. Here’s what he has to say:
“ On January 29, 2021, the Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO of Parler. I did not participate in this decision. I understand that those who now control the company have made some communications to employees and other third parties that have unfortunately created confusion and prompted me to make this public statement.”
John also wrote that “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.”
As to what he’ll do after the termination, John said that he’ll take a few weeks off before planning on what to do next.
He wrote that he’ll look for new opportunities where his technical expertise will be required and respected.
John said that the idea of creating Parler started in a living room. Although he’s terminated from Parler as CEO, he’s not saying goodbye.
On the other hand, Dan Bongino, a right-wing commentator and an investor of Parler, said that John’s vision wasn’t Parler’s vision.
Parler and Far-Right content
Many people described it as an alternative to Twitter. Parler started existing in 2018.
It was founded by John Matze, Jr., Jared Thomson, and Rebekah Mercer, who is known to invest in conservative organizations and individuals.
This social media platform is filled with posts about antisemitism and conspiracy theories. The platform banned some of its left-wing users if they challenge the viewpoints on the site or criticizing the platform.
Are social media companies biased against Republicans or conservatives?
It’s the frequent argument of many Republicans. Unfortunately, researchers said that there’s no solid evidence. They said that right-wing voices are dominant on various platforms.
Researchers said that those who claimed that social media platforms are anti-conservative have been misguided.
Most tech companies and employees are liberals. However, their moderators are from contractors that are based outside the US.
Despite perceiving social media platforms as biased, many conservatives are still using them.