Former Parler CEO John Matze said Friday he is not "entirely sure" why the board of the social media company he co-founded fired him earlier this week.
"Jared [Thomson], the other co-founder, and I designed and architected the original software and I made most of the iPhone app and coded it myself for the first 2½ years," Matze told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria."
He acknowledged that there has been "recent stress" and pushback against Parler, which came to be highly favored by conservatives who perceived it to be less censored, but "I can't understand still to this day why I have been terminated."
Parler has been largely offline after it was dropped by 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, with the tech giants saying the company had failed to control violent messaging.
Matze said he had thought that given the fact that the site had been dropped, it was time to start "looking at being a little bit more pragmatic while still respecting free speech," but he's not sure where the "disconnect" came between him and members of the company's board.
Parler investor Dan Bongino, a Fox News contributor, has argued that the relationship between the company and Matze didn't work out because his "vision was not ours."
"We needed to get up and fight back," Bongino said. "Some terrible decisions were made in the past that led to this, that led us to getting put down by Amazon and others."
However, Matze said that Bongino is not a company manager and has not spoken with more than a few employees.
He said he believes Parler can come back, but it will probably need to adapt some of the automation procedures he has proposed and adopt policies he set in place.
Matze said he has "a lot of opportunities" and he wants to return to work "on something for people that share my values and won't put me in the position that I am in right now."
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