CEO of social media app Parler says board fired him

NEW YORK (AP) — John Matze says he has been fired as CEO of Parler, which was among social media services used to plan the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Matze’s announcement followed Amazon’s Jan. 11 decision to remove Parler from its web-hosting service over its unwillingness to remove posts that called for the killing, rape and torture of politicians, tech executives and others. Google and Apple also removed Parler’s app from their online stores. Matze, in a post on the professional networking site LinkedIn, thanked Parler employees. He wrote, “This is not a goodbye. Just a so long for now.”