Parler’s board fires CEO John Matze

John Matze, CEO of Parler,said on Wednesday that The board of the social media platform backed by Republican Party donor Rebekah Mercer and favored by U.S conservatives, has fired him.

Matze confirmed the move after it was originally reported by Fox News, and said that he had not been given a settlement.

He told Reuters that Parler now has an “executive committee” consisting of Matthew Richardson and Mark Meckler.

Mercer, Richardson, Meckler and Parler did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Parler remains largely offline after being dropped by Seattle-based Amazon’s cloud-hosting division and the app stores of Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google following the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.

The companies cited Parler’s record of policing violent content, after far-right groups spread violent rhetoric on the platform ahead of the unrest in Washington.

Parler, which was founded in 2018 and has claimed it has over 12 million users, has styled itself as a “free speech-driven” space.

The app has largely attracted U.S. conservatives who disagree with rules around content on social media sites like Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc.

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