John Matze, CEO of the controversial alternative social media platform Parler has reportedly had to flee his home and go into hiding with his family after receiving continued death threats and sustaining personal security breaches.
“Wow: Parler CEO John Matze has fled his home with his family and they all have gone into hiding after receiving [death threats] and ‘invasive personal security breaches,'” announced NPR tech reporter Bobby Allyn, citing a new filing from Parler’s legal team in its lawsuit against Amazon Web Services for booting the site from its hosting service.
“The revelation came in a motion to seal from Parler’s lawyer in which he is asking that a declaration from Matze be sealed, along with the below pieces of evidence,” Allyn added. “He wrote that the ‘highly publicized’ and ‘divisive’ nature of the suit poses a potential risk to safety.”
The revelation came in a motion to seal from Parler's lawyer in which he is asking that a declaration from Matze be sealed, along with the below pieces of evidence. He wrote that the "highly publicized" and "divisive" nature of the suit poses a potential risk to safety. pic.twitter.com/v6jDGGTqeP
— Bobby Allyn (@BobbyAllyn) January 16, 2021
The new filing from Parler came after a motion by Amazon Web Services to seal for the protection of AWS employees who claim they’ve been threatened by Parler staff. Parler’s own employees “have been similarly harassed and threatened,” the platform claims.
“[Matze] reports in his declaration … that many Parler employees are suffering harassment and hostility, fear for their safety and that of their families, and in some cases have fled their home state to escape persecution,” Parler’s lawyers said, according to Business Insider. “Recognizing the highly charged nature of this public and polarizing dispute, Parler wishes to protect the privacy of those employees, whether of Parler or Amazon, whose names or personal information appear in documents on which Parler relies.”
As we previously reported, Parler was not only purged from Amazon’s web hosting services, but both the Apple and Google app stores as part of a sweeping campaign by Big Tech to cleanse the web of what they claim is far-right disinformation.
Matze recently told Fox News he is “confident” that the platform will be back online by month’s end after his team was able to launch a static website and recover the company’s data over the weekend.
“I’m confident that by the end of the month, we’ll be back up.”
Around the time the platform was taken down, however, Matze denounced the purge as a “coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place.”
“We are the closest thing to competition Facebook or Twitter has seen in many years,” Matze said on Parler just before the site went offline. “I believe Amazon, Google, Apple worked together to try and ensure they don’t have competition.”
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