John Matze, the chief executive of engaging social media platform Parler, said Wednesday that he was fired last week.
Matze, 27, who co-founded the site in 2018, said in an interview that he had not been explained to the decision. He said he believed he was fired because he had a difference in opinion with the famous Republican political sponsor Rebekah Mercer, who supported Parler financially.
Mercer does not appear to want to impose any restrictions on what users can say to Parler, which is considered a “free speech” social network, he said. While that philosophy of openness makes the site popular with conservatives, it also leads to trouble.
Last month, Parler was removed from the Apple and Google app stores and launched from Amazon’s web hosting platform for not being strict enough in policy controls and deleting posts trying to incite violence. or crime.
“I always talk about freedom of speech and everyone is welcome. I have never talked about conservative political activism, ”Mr. Matze said. But he said he told Ms. Mercer that Parler needed to consider limiting domestic terrorists, white supremeans and members of QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theories favor. Trump, post on this platform.
“I received deadly silence as a reaction, and I see that deadly silence as disagreement,” he said.
Millions of people started flocking to Parler, a platform similar to Twitter, following the presidential election in November, when mainstream sites like Facebook and Twitter became more active in curbing hate speech. enemies and misinformation. Last month after a crowd of supporters of former President Donald J. Trump stormed the US Capitol, partly urged by Mr. Trump, Twitter and Facebook cut him off their pages altogether.
But Parler hasn’t been able to capitalize on interest from right-wing users for long. After Apple, Google, and Amazon refused to cooperate with the company, citing Parler’s lack of policy on its platform, the site crashed on January 11.
Mr. Matze has been trying to find a way to get Parler back online. The company sued Amazon last month for antitrust violations. Parler also sought help from a Russian internet security company, DDoS-Guard, to back up a basic website, even though users were unable to post.
Both Parler and Mercer spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.