John Matze, who was fired last week as CEO of Parler, said his former company, which purports to champion free speech, is trying to muzzle his.

Shortly before an interview with USA TODAY, Matze said he received a written warning that he violated the terms of his confidentiality agreement by making disparaging statements and disclosing inside information to the media that could have “serious and material adverse effects on the business or reputation of the company.”

Matze denies this.

“That’s not the vision I had for the company,” Matze told USA TODAY. “These people just want to censor me. Obviously, my statement about their vision not aligning with mine must be true considering they are trying to stop me from speaking my mind.” 

According to Matze, Parler terminated him without severance and, in the email, indicated to him that it was stripping him of his equity in the company.

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By Elizabeth Culliford and Katie Paul

(Reuters) – The board of Parler, a social media platform backed by Republican Party donor Rebekah Mercer and favored by U.S conservatives, has fired its CEO John Matze, he said on Wednesday.

Matze confirmed the move to Reuters, after it was originally reported by Fox News, and said that he had not been given a settlement.

“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,” Matze said in a memo sent to Parler staff.

“Over the past few months, I’ve met constant resistance to my product vision, my strong belief in free speech and my view of how the Parler site should be managed.”

He told Reuters that Parler now has an “executive committee” consisting of Matthew Richardson and Mark Meckler.

Mercer, Richardson, Meckler and

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revealed its plans to help banks roll out bitcoin-buying services.

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meme-happy chief executive, has sent the “joke” cryptocurrency dogecoin sharply higher—up an eye-watering 75%—tweeting: “Dogecoin is the people’s crypto,” alongside a dogecoin meme.

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