Parler CEO John Matze was fired by the board of the social media platform and investor Dan Bongino has a different story and says whatever was reported, was "absolutely not what happened" and details some information in a Facebook video that we have below.

Matze apparently wrote a memo that was leaked and the CEO claims he was fired by the owners of Parler.

Bongino is disputing claims made by Matze's leaked memo. Bongino says information in the leaked memo is false and dives into that during the video. Bongino says he's got no "personal beef" with Matze and suggests they got "kneecapped" by Matze and the story we're hearing is not true, as reported by CNN.

"The relationship with Parler and the CEO did not work out because the CEO's vision was not ours," Bongino said.

On Wednesday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported a statement from Matze in which he reportedly claimed to have "met constant resistance to my product vision, my strong belief in free speech and my view of how the Parler site should be managed. For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation."

Parler did not respond to CNN Business' request for comment.

In his response, Bongino repeatedly said Matze was being untruthful.

Bongino claims it was him and the co-owners who remained committed to a site for free speech, throwing Matze under the bus and saying that he "is no white knight in this story." It appears there may be a conflict going on internally at Parler, with co-owners or investors not agreeing on what to do next, or how to handle all the scrutiny and bans they've received from service providers or app stores.

Parler was kicked off Apple's app store and Amazon web hosts and they haven't been back since other than finding themselves a host willing to load a homepage for them, but the social app and website is still offline.

Users also criticized the platform for having a poor user experience and a plethora of fake user accounts that were verified. In one instance, famous NFL running back Herschel Walker had posted on Twitter that he signed up and the verified account of him was not actually him.

It appears as though Parler, or someone else, had created accounts for numerous pro-Trump people and provided them with a verified account, even posting as them, but it was not actually the person doing the posting. It could have been an import tool using RSS feeds, but it gave users the false impression that these people legitimately signed up for the platform, even though they may not have signed up at all.


Craig Silverman reported back in December about a number of fake GOP accounts selling Trump hats or other items on the platform. These accounts were verified and the only way to get verified is to provide identification. One might speculate who exactly was running these accounts and how would they get verified in the first place if the account had not provided ID. Some suspect the people running the platform might have created these accounts themselves to lure users from Twitter, but it became quite odd when Herschel Walker signed up and said the other verified account for him was not actually him.

Silverman said, "A surge of new users on Parler made the free speech social network a target for scams and fake accounts. We caught a network of roughly 50 fake accounts for ppl like Mike Pence, Don Trump Jr., Sidney Powell hawking CBD oil, Trump coins, and Trump hats"

An article on The Hill covered the issue as well. Then Vice President Mike Pence appeared to have an account on Parler, but his office confirmed that it was not actually him and the account was fake. The platform apparently banned or deleted the account, but many more lingered on for people like Donald Trump Jr and Judge Jeanine Pirro, and their account was selling items too, but it wasn't actually them.

The Hill reported:

Pence’s office confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the account was fake. After the news outlet contacted Parler, the website banned the fake account. About 50 other accounts posing as high-ranking GOP officials like chief of staff Mark Meadows, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Donald Trump Jr. were also discovered selling products to Trump supporters on Parler.

John Matze, Parler’s CEO, said, “I believe most of those fraudulent accounts were a sad attempt to circumvent our advertising network.”

These fake accounts were able to trick people by gaining verification and then changing their names afterwards. Users can receive a red “Parler citizen” badge by uploading a government ID. However, only accounts with gold “verified influencer” are confirmed to be run by the same person in the account.

To be fair - you have to seriously consider who made these fake accounts in the first place.

How could someone make an account for all those popular people and get them verified? Who was behind the verification in the first place? Was it Parler themselves doing it to make the platform look more popular and make money before it was eventually shut down? Because how can someone sign up for an account under Donald Trump Jr and Mike Pence and provide the ID required to get verified?

There was also no ads on Parler, so how were they making enough money to afford hosting and development?

Lots of questions that perhaps no one wants the answers to.