How Parler CEO John Matze married ‘Russian he met during her US road trip’ before founding ‘free-speech’ platform that is now bankrolled by conservative donor Rebekah Mercer and used by MAGA fans

John Matze founded Parler in 2018 as a ‘free-speech driven’ alternative to mainstream platforms. 

The self described libertarian soon began courting right-leaning users as prominent supporters of Donald Trump moved there.

And Parler had been the leading candidate for the president to continuing voicing his opinion, at least until Google and Apple removed it from their app stores and Amazon decided to boot it off its web hosting service Sunday.

Not much it known about Matze’s personal life but he is reported to have married Russian Alina Mukhutdinova after the pair are said to have met in Las Vegas.

She was said to have been on a two week road trip around the United States, TED Talk host Dave Troy reported in November.  

Alina’s Instagram pictures show the couple have at least one child. In one picture she hold rifles and wears a t-shirt which reads: ‘Trust me, I’m a Russian spy.’ 

The couple appear to live a luxury lifestyle with numerous vacation pictures taken with their young child.

John Matze founded Parler in 2018 as a 'free-speech driven' alternative to mainstream platforms. He is pictured with his family

John Matze founded Parler in 2018 as a ‘free-speech driven’ alternative to mainstream platforms. He is pictured with his family 

Not much it known about Matze's personal life but he is reported to have married Russian Alina Mukhutdinova, pictured, after the pair are said to have met in Las Vegas

Not much it known about Matze’s personal life but he is reported to have married Russian Alina Mukhutdinova, pictured, after the pair are said to have met in Las Vegas

After graduating in 2014 Matze, who studied math, German and business at the University of Denver,teamed up with fellow alumni Jared Thomson, now chief technical officer, to create Parler. 

Matze told Forbes in July last year: ‘I don’t have too many friends, but the ones I do have, we just talk amongst ourselves about ideas—crazy ones, easy ones, whatever.’ 

He told the magazine he ‘does not watch TV’ but instead ‘gets everything off Parler’.

One of Alina's Instagram picture shows her promoting her husband's app Parler

One of Alina’s Instagram picture shows her promoting her husband’s app Parler 

Matze’s app is now bankrolled by hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer’s daughter Rebekah, the Wall Street Journal reported in November. 

The two-year-old magnet for the far right claims more than 12 million users, though mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower puts the number at 10 million worldwide, with 8 million in the U.S. 

Rebekah has described herself as a co-founder of the site with Matze. She is also thought to have studied at the University of Denver.  

Hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer is pictured with his daughter Rebekah in 2017

Hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer is pictured with his daughter Rebekah in 2017

‘John and I started Parler to provide a neutral platform for free speech, as our founders intended, and also to create a social media environment that would protect data privacy,’ she wrote in a post on the site this fall.

‘The ever increasing tyranny and hubris of our tech overlords demands that someone lead the fight against data mining, and for the protection of free speech online,’ she added. 

Matze replied to the post: ‘Bekah is a great friend, an American patriot, and most importantly committed to the Parler vision of neutrality and data privacy. We are grateful for her support since 2018, and her early faith in the founders has enabled us to reach these heights. #transparency.’  

After WSJ reported Rebekah’s links to Parler she issued a statement saying that her multi-millionaire father Robert was not an investor in the site – while sources close to the clan claimed that the investment was a family affair.   

Those who have joined Parler include commentator Candace Owens, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and right-wing activist Laura Loomer, who handcuffed herself to the door of Twitter’s New York office in November 2018 to protest a ban on her by the site.         

Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr. are also already active on the site. 

Alina's Instagram pictures show the couple have at least one child

Alina’s Instagram pictures show the couple have at least one child

Not much it known about Matze's personal life but he is reported to have married Russian Alina Mukhutdinova after the pair are said to have met in Las Vegas

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She was said to have been on a two week road trip around the United States, TED Talk host Dave Troy reported in November

Not much it known about Matze’s personal life but he is reported to have married Russian Alina Mukhutdinova after the pair are said to have met in Las Vegas. She was said to have been on a two week road trip around the United States, TED Talk host Dave Troy reported in November.

The couple appear to live a luxury lifestyle with numerous vacation pictures

The couple appear to live a luxury lifestyle with numerous vacation pictures

Parler hit headwinds, though, on Friday as Google yanked its smartphone app from its app store for allowing postings that seek ‘to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.’ 

Apple followed suit on Saturday evening after giving Parler 24 hours to address complaints it was being used to ‘plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.’ Public safety issues will need to be resolved before it is restored, Apple said. 

Amazon struck another blow Saturday, informing Parler it would need to look for a new web-hosting service effective midnight Sunday.

 It reminded Parler in a letter, first reported by Buzzfeed, that it had informed it in the past few weeks of 98 examples of posts ‘that clearly encourage and incite violence’ and said the platform ‘poses a very real risk to public safety.’ 

Matze decried the punishments as ‘a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace. We were too successful too fast,’ he said in a Saturday night post, saying it was possible Parler would be unavailable for up to a week ‘as we rebuild from scratch.’

‘Every vendor, from text message services, to e-mail providers, to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day,’ Matze said Sunday on Fox New Channel’s ‘Sunday Morning Futures.’

He said while the company is trying to get back online as quickly as possible, it’s ‘having a lot of trouble, because every vendor we talk to says they won’t work with us, because, if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t.’

Losing access to the app stores of Google and Apple — whose operating systems power hundreds of millions of smartphones — severely limits Parler’s reach, though it will continue to be accessible via web browser. 

Losing Amazon Web Services will mean Parler needs to scramble to find another web host, in addition to the re-engineering.

12 comments

  • ‘Alt-right’ is code for ‘pro-putler’. Many of them purchase putinoid mail order brides, such as this shitbag. Top US neo-nazis David Duke and Richard B Spencer also have them.

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    • From what I have heard about this Parler, it’s nothing but a cesspool of hate, and has little to do with free speech.

      “In June and July 2020, Parler banned a spate of left-wing accounts, including parody accounts and accounts that were critical of Parler or the prevailing viewpoints on the service. Mic wrote that Parler had used the personal information provided during signup to ban those they’d identified as “teenage leftists”; Will Duffield of the Cato Institute wrote that Matze had also apparently instituted a blanket ban on antifa supporters. After a surge in popularity among conservatives in November 2020, The Independent noted that Parler had again been accused of removing left-leaning users and removing content that contradicted or was critical of popular opinions expressed there.”

      There is nothing wrong with banning left wing trash from your site, but don’t promote it as free speech.

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      • The alt-right has much in common with the blm/antifa Marxist street thugs: both mobs are low iq, seething with hate and prepared to use violence. And of course the putinazis are there to cheer them on covertly and overtly.

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        • Keeping them all in one place is fine, it’s easier to keep track of them. I’m sure the intelligence agencies are monitoring everything they do and say.

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          • You would think that a newspaper would be in support of free speech but in this day and age most media outlets are using this God given right selectively which will inevitably lead to decay and death but they don’t see it. Imagine if a hospital told a sick patient, “Sorry, we only help Republicans here, good luck!”

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            • Nowhere on earth has free speech. Certainly never in fascist regimes like Russia and its lackeys Iran, NK etc.
              Democracies claim to have it but in reality they don’t. In America, in common with most others, you can glorify historical figures like Stalin or Castro but not Hitler. I don’t want free speech either, because I would ban the glorification of all those arseholes plus current arseholes like putler. I don’t mind Trumpoids saying their man is great because he’s a (small D) democrat*), but not if they love putler too, like the alt-right.
              *Incidentally, in his (large D) Democrat days, he behaved very much like a Democrat: he attended a fundraising dinner for the IRA in NYC and sat as the guest of honour next to the leader of the IRA. No doubt IRA Joe also attended such functions.
              So no, I don’t believe in free speech because IRA scum should be ‘deprived of the oxygen of publicity’, as Mrs Thatcher put it. No terror supporters of any kind should be given a platform, including putler, the biggest of them all.

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              • Problem is, who will judge what someone can or cannot say?

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                • It’s not working at the moment that’s for sure. For the reasons I stated above. In my view, public praise of any democratic, non-violent/non violence-advocating person is acceptable. Praise of anyone; public figure or otherwise, who fails to meet those criteria should be at least put under consideration for censure. Terror lovers and dictator lovers should be taken offline.

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                  • If we take those off line, then there goes the US “Dimocrat” Party. Frankly, I’d go for that. Most of them should find their way to a nice wall at the direction of their hero Che.

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            • US Newspapers have long been that way. They report what is convenient to their ideology and nothing more. They actively seek to silence those that dissent from the idiocy.

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      • If you mean the extreme left’s definition of hate, then Ukraine Today is in trouble. Otherwise, you’ve heard wrong about Parler. Twitter, Facebook and Google’s You Tube is full of such things, but it has been balanced, up to now, with centrist postings. All three are becoming leftist sewers full of lies and hate.

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    • Spencer is a strange cat. He started as southern rights activist and posted to you tube as “The Southern Avenger.” Then he seemed to fall of the face the earth and resurfaced as an “alt-right” type. It didn’t add up then, and it really smells now that he became a Biden supporter.

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