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Social network Parler terminates CEO John Matze

Key Points
  • Parler, a social media platform favored by U.S conservatives, has dismissed CEO John Matze,
  • 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.
Parler CEO John Matze joins CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on July 2, 2020.
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Parler, a social media platform favored by U.S conservatives, has dismissed CEO John Matze, according to Matze on Wednesday, as the site has largely gone offline after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Matze confirmed the move in a text message to Reuters.

"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 said in a memo sent to Parler staff, originally reported by Fox News.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

Parler, which was founded in 2018, 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.

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