Parler CEO John Matze has gone into hiding with his family after receiving death threats, according to a new court filing.
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Parler sued Amazon Web Services (AWS) after the company refused to continue working with the social media company. While Parler went offline on Jan. 11 as a result, it showed some sort of life on Jan. 17 with a message from its CEO, but nothing else.
Amazon asked the court a day later to redact names, job titles, and descriptions from court documents.
“Redaction of the employee identifying information is necessary to protect their safety and security and to prevent potential harassment,” Amazon said.
“These employees’ safety concerns are well-founded in light of significant and repeated threats of physical violence against AWS, its facilities, and its employees in the wake of AWS’s decision to suspend its cloud hosting agreement with Parler.”
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The motion included screenshots of posts that appeared to be from Parler in which users threatened to carry out violence against Amazon workers, executives, and facilities.
Matze “has had to leave his home and go into hiding with his family after receiving death threats and invasive personal security breaches,” the filing in Parler v. Amazon states.
In Parler’s new filing, lawyers said the company’s employees have been harassed and threatened.
“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,” Parler said, before noting that Matze himself has gone into hiding.
“Recognizing the highly charged nature of this public and polarizing dispute, Parler wishes to protect the privacy of those employees, whether of Parler or Amazon, whose names or personal information appear in documents on which Parler relies,” the filing stated.
Matze told Fox News this week that he’s been targeted by a hacker group called UGNazi.
“They published my street address, they threatened to come through my front door,” he said.
Matze said he and his family went into hiding and weren’t sure when they’d return home.
“It’s probably leveled me out,” Matze said. “If I was at home right now I think my stress levels would have been like three times higher… at least there is that saving grace.”