Parler’s CEO has said that him and his family have been receiving death threats since his social media platform was pushed into the spotlight when rival companies shut down accounts owned by Donald Trump and his supporters.
John Matze, who launched the app in August 2018 as an alternative to Twitter, said that he was being destroyed by the tech giants.
‘People are threatening my life,’ he said. ‘I can’t go home tonight.
Amazon filed a response, claiming it has “no legal basis” and alleged its employees have been faced with threats and harassment.
The filing from Parler’s lawyers acknowledges that the disturbing claims made by Amazon but note that the Jeff Bezos-run company is not the one receiving threats.
“Although AWS’s motion to seal focuses only on its own employees, Parler’s employees have been similarly harassed and threatened,” the filing read. “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,” the filing continues.
Amazon, Apple, and Google banned Parler from their app stores on Friday due to not moderating ‘egregious content’ posted by users related to the violent siege last week.
“There is a group called UGNazi that is targeting me,” Matze said, noting the controversial hacker group has released many of his passwords and personal information on the internet. “They published my street address, they threatened to come through my front door.”
Matze said that he wasn’t sure when he’ll return home, saying he’s taking things “day-by-day.”
Sources: MSN, Deadline.com, The Daily Telegraph, and The Patriot Post; Photo: Breitbart.com