Parler, a moderation-light social media platform that was forced offline last month by tech giants over how it policed its content, has fired its chief executive.
John Matze, the former CEO, said he was fired on Friday by the company’s board. He said the board is currently controlled by conservative political donor Rebekah Mercer.
“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 said in a statement. “For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation.”
The immediate impact on Parler’s efforts to restore service to its roughly 15 million users isn’t clear, though a person familiar with the company said that Mr. Matze had been responsible for creating Parler’s original code.
Representatives for Parler and Ms. Mercer couldn’t be reached for comment.