It’s been nothing but a sad story for Parler lately. For the scrappy little social media app branded as the alternative to Twitter for conservatives, it has been nothing but bad news and rejection for weeks.
Today, CEO John Matze sent a memo to employees saying he was now the ex-CEO. He was terminated by the board of directors. “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,” Matze wrote in the memo. “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.”
It’s been bad news for Parler since Amazon Web Services decided to shut Parler down after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Matze said he gave it his all, but apparently the board lost confidence in him to revitalize the app. “I have worked endless hours and fought constant battles to get the Parler site running but at this point, the future of Parler is no longer in my hands,” he continued. “I want to thank the Parler employees, the people on Parler and Parler supporters for their tireless work and devotion to the company. They are an amazing group of diverse, hardworking and talented individuals and I have the utmost respect for them. Many of them have become my second family.”
Matze said he’ll start looking for a new job after he takes a couple weeks off. He could probably use a nice break.