As we reported earlier this week, Parler fired its CEO for failing to get the site back online, after it was taken offline in a conspiracy by tech companies a month ago.
Now, one of the big investors in Parler, Dan Bongino, is saying he’s going to get it back online on Monday.
Parler, the social media platform that was forced offline by Amazon following the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, could be up and running again early next week, co-owner Dan Bongino told “Hannity” Thursday.
“We’re shooting for Monday,” said Bongino, who is also a Fox News contributor. “Monday looks good. Fingers crossed.”
Bongino joined host Sean Hannity one day after Fox News obtained a memo to employees from ex-CEO John Matze explaining why he was terminated by the company’s board of directors last week.
Matze alleged that he had been met with “constant resistance” to his original vision for Parler following Amazon Web Services’ decision to shut the platform down for failure to moderate “egregious content” related to the Capitol riot.
“For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation,” Matze wrote.
Bongino disputed Matze’s claims in a Facebook video published earlier Wednesday.
“I have no personal gripe against John, the CEO, at all, I want to be crystal clear,” he said, “but John decided to make this public, not us. We were handling it like gentlemen.
“We were the ones, in fact, fighting to get Parler back up. There was some really bad decisions made from people on the inside, and listen, this isn’t us airing dirty laundry. This is protecting a company that is absolutely committed to free speech, that I put the last year of my life into. Do you actually believe that someone else was on the side of free speech?”
“”The relationship with Parler and the CEO did not work out because the CEO’s vision was not ours,” Bongino added later in the video. “Everybody clear on that? Our vision was crystal clear. We needed to get up and fight back, some terrible decisions were made in the past, that led us to getting put down by Amazon and others.”
So apparently, what is being said here, is that fired CEO Matze wanted more censorship, whereas Bongino wanted no censorship – that is to say, wanted it to follow the rules that all tech companies followed before 2015, when MILO was banned from Twitter for making fun of a fat black woman.
That’s sort of a “yeah, okay, whatever” type thing, and I’m sure the level of censorship could have been worked out by the board and Matze could have just been told to follow it.
Matze’s real failure as CEO was allowing this to be on AWS (Amazon Web Services) in the first place, and then taking a month (and counting) to get it back online. There is just no excuse for this. You almost wonder if Matze was purposefully sabotaging the efforts.
The only people who banned them was their server. That is the single easiest problem to fix. If they would have fixed that, they would then have been banned from other services. They didn’t face this more extreme censorship, because they never managed to figure out a way around the very simple, first round censorship.
I will say: in the long run, this might have worked out in their favor. This far after the Capitol Storm, it’s going to be more difficult to stir up a hate mob to get them banned from the other backbone services. Right now, they are relying primarily on a single free speech company for their backbone services, one which has not been totally kind to me, but which has, in general, allowed speech.
We will see what happens.
I’m rooting for Parler, and I might even go ahead and make an account if they ever get rolling again.