John Matze, Parler’s co-founder, is only 27-years-old but has lived a thousand internet lives. Since the US Capitol riots in January and the removal of Parler’s app from Apple and Google’s play stores for its approach (or lack of one) to moderation, the free speech advocate has been in the spotlight more than ever.
That continued this week as Matze was fired as CEO
as a result of disagreements with the board about the future of the network’s speech policy. Details are a little sketchy and it seems like there’s a been a rift with the app’s funders so it will be interesting to see what made them push young John out.