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.
“I got dead silence as a response, and I took that dead silence as disagreement,” he told the Times.
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.
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. »