Brock Benson | Civil Patriot
No one can say these social media and big tech stories are boring.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has stepped down. This, at a very tumultuous time, when Amazon has booted conservative social media site, Parler.
But here’s where it gets even weirder: In a shocking move, Parler CEO John Matze was just terminated. In a memo to Fox News, Matze said:
““I did not participate in this decision. The future of Parler is no longer in my hands.”
According to reports, there was an internal struggle that was holding up Parler’s ability to get back online. With Matze gone, the site will soon be back up.
Here is Matze’s official statement:
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. 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.”
“Over the past few months, I’ve met constant resistance to my product vision, my strong belief in free speech and my view of how the Parler site should be managed,” he added. “For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation.”
“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,” Matze 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.”
This is disheartening on many levels. At a time when conservatives need to be sticking together, I hate seeing people torn apart. The last thing we need right now is more division.
Will we ever know what happened? Probably. These days, details flow as rapidly as the stories from AOC’s mouth. So, we might. But, until that happens we’ll go on watching these corporations play musical chairs, shuffling players in and out. And all the while we conservatives will go on looking for new platforms to express our views.