Parler CEO 'goes into HIDING because of death threats' after app pulled by Amazon, Google, and Apple

JOHN Matze, the CEO of Parler, has gone into hiding with his family over "death threats" after the app was pulled from Amazon, Google, and Apple.

Parler, a social media app popular with conservatives, was pulled by the tech giants after Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC.


Now, court documents allege that Matze is in hiding due to the backlash.

The documents, obtained by Fox News, say that Matze and his family are being targeted by hackers who posted his address online and have threatened to show up at his home.

Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon after the company's cloud hosting service dropped the app.

In response, Amazon said Parler had "no legal basis" to sue, and said its employees are now facing threats and harassment.

Parler's response noted that their employees were being threatened as well, including Matze himself.

"Although AWS's (Amazon Web Services) motion to seal focuses only on its own employees, Parler's employees have been similarly harassed and threatened," the filing says.

"Parler's CEO John Matze, Jr., reports in his declaration in support of Parler's TRO motion that many Parler employees are suffering harassment and hostility, fear for their safety and that of their families, and in some cases have fled their home state to escape persecution.

"Matze himself, as the CEO of the company AWS continues to vilify, has had to leave his home and go into hiding with his family after receiving death threats and invasive personal security breaches," it says.


Parler getting the boot was part of a widespread crackdown by big tech companies that followed the Capitol riots.

Trump himself was banned from Twitter permanently, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube temporarily.

Earlier this week, Matze alleged that Amazon came after his app after learning that Trump was considering moving to Parler under the pseudonym "Person X."

"I believe AWS's Decision to terminate service to Parler was based, not on expressed concerns about Parler's compliance with the AWS Agreement, but in part on a desire to deny President Trump a platform on any large social-media service," Matze alleged in another court filing.

He said that a representative assigned to him by AWS, who supported Joe Biden, knew since October "that Trump was considering moving to Parler under the pseudonym 'Person X.'"

"She questioned me frequently via text message, phone calls and emails about any knowledge of those plans," Matze said.

Amazon denied the claims made by Matze on why the app was banned.

"There is no merit to these claims," an Amazon spokesperson recently told The Sun.

The company maintains that it was content that "encourages and incites" violence on Parler that ultimately led to the service being dropped.

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