Nearly defunct social network Parler has fired its CEO

onetheycallEric

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In what’s been a turbulent past few weeks for the relatively new social media platform, Parler now finds itself without a CEO. According to a statement in a memo that was obtained by Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, Matze’s termination was effective January 29, 2021. “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," said Matze.

The news comes after Parler found itself scrubbed from the internet due to its stance on refusing to moderate content, and the role that it played in the coordination of the January 6th US Capital riots.

Both Apple and Google booted Parler from their respective app stores, and Amazon axed Parler’s AWS hosting. Parler does technically have a live URL to its website, but the majority of its services remain offline.

In the meantime, the House Oversight and Reform Committee could be opening an investigation into Parler, and its chairwoman Carolyn Maloney has also called for an FBI probe into Parler as well.

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hahahanoobs

Posts: 3,292   +1,472
Free speech in 21st century = "It's my constitutional right to act the fool and waste our own time and your money moderating and policing us online and in real life."

Uh huh. And wearing a mask only protects the wearer.

Got it.
 

Plutoisaplanet

Posts: 404   +562
Good. With Parler gone, consolidation to censorship-resistant platforms, either financed by crypto or built on blockchains, or both, will continue to accelerate.

As for the rest of you, enjoy Sinonet, I suppose.
Any sources you use to keep track of upcoming platforms? Or a list of projects if you’re aware of anything promising.
 

noel24

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I assume "fired" by like firing squad, like Nazis used to do in 1940'? Tradition is important for far-right, right?
 

Irata

Posts: 1,353   +2,164
I assume "fired" by like firing squad, like Nazis used to do in 1940'? Tradition is important for far-right, right?
Actually no, same as for the far left. Also goes for their preferred methods of dealing with dissent / undesirables. They also both like calling everyone who does not agree with their line of thinking extremists.

Same sh*t, different color.

Oh, and the Third Reich’s preferred method of execution in a non military/ genocidal context was decapitation and later also hanging. Shooting squads were an exception.
 

Squid Surprise

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Too bad, so sad... Freedom of speech ends when it infringes on the rights of others... So, NO, you can't preach death to Jews, Muslims, Blacks, Homosexuals, Democrats, etc - those people have rights as well...
 

Irata

Posts: 1,353   +2,164
Too bad, so sad... Freedom of speech ends when it infringes on the rights of others... So, NO, you can't preach death to Jews, Muslims, Blacks, Homosexuals, Democrats, etc - those people have rights as well...

Totally agree, but it means you cannot preach death to Christians, heterosexuals, men and Republicans either. Everyone should have the same rights.

Saying this as a left leaning Centrist who hates double standards.
 

Hexic

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TechSpot Elite
Totally agree, but it means you cannot preach death to Christians, heterosexuals, men and Republicans either. Everyone should have the same rights.

Saying this as a left leaning Centrist who hates double standards.

This ^

Throwing stones is all fine and dandy until the sights are turned back on you, sitting in your own glass house. But hey, I'm a centrist myself and that's just me being 'insensitive'.
 

Squid Surprise

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Totally agree, but it means you cannot preach death to Christians, heterosexuals, men and Republicans either. Everyone should have the same rights.

Saying this as a left leaning Centrist who hates double standards.
Sorry... figured I implied as much... you can't preach death/violence/hatred of ANYONE.... I picked those groups because that was what Parler was accused of allowing...
 

Irata

Posts: 1,353   +2,164
Sorry... figured I implied as much... you can't preach death/violence/hatred of ANYONE.... I picked those groups because that was what Parler was accused of allowing...
And the groups I mentioned get a similar treatment on platforms like tumblr and Twitter.

One example would be Feminist Clementine Ford tweeting that ‚Coronavirus isn‘t killing men fast enough‘. Her account is still active and Twitter still available. Heck, you‘ve had Iranian government officials tweeting this:


Yet his account is still active and so is Twitter.

Double standards.
 

Scshadow

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Well most of the legal battle surrounding Parler has been centered around a lack of giving the platform any reasonable amount of time to moderate content rather than a lack of willingness and also breach of contract by AWS. As far as I know that lawsuit is still in progress. This shallow dive into the topic just takes the liberal talking points against Parler and parrots them. Once again the unprofessional journalism of Techspot is refusing to report from a neutral standpoint. Parler may have been everything this article accuses them of being but journalism isn't about taking sides. Accusations that the platform coordinated the attack, is as far as I know unsubstantiated and should be presented as AWS's position rather than fact. Or better yet, just say that these are accusations in general since this article mainly surrounds itself on the topic of the CEO's firing. Unwillingness or refusal to moderate content is heavily disputed by legal filings. Instead of the unsubstantiated garbage, how about some substance in this article? Did the board release a statement as to why they were firing the CEO? How about an update on lawsuit between Parler and AWS? Sincerely this article is low grade effort. Non original reporting with lack of any redeeming quality. You could easily reword this article with some subtle differences to avoid taking a side and still say most of what this article is saying. Its just disappointing.
 

Axle Grease

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Good. With Parler gone, consolidation to censorship-resistant platforms, either financed by crypto or built on blockchains, or both, will continue to accelerate.

As for the rest of you, enjoy Sinonet, I suppose.


Parler is still in a state of limbo. It isn't gone.
 

McKocoa

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I heard zero calls to investigate social media companies over the summer when threats of violence against police were ubiquitous on social media, everywhere. The extremists in that case were barely even criticized, let alone ostracized until lawless rioting became unpopular in the polls a month or two later. The double standards are unacceptable.
 

Danny101

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I can't tell a difference between a fascist or a communist. Especially since neither have morals and clamor to murder people for whom they can't control. Far right, far left to describe two sides to the same social coin is nonsense. It's like the same difference in Islam. Sharia versus Sunni who for whatever reason hate and kill each other. They're both Muslims.

Stop falling for the socialist lie of difference. It's just a narrative to justify an existence. The world would be a much better place when people stop trying to control each other and live and let live and by the golden rule. You don't have to like nor love each other. That's impossible. People are different. Just respect the right for people to live in their own bubbles. Without threatening the bubbles of others. Leave people dafuq alone. If there's a God and he has a problem, then he himself, will take care of it.
 
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