November 29, 2022

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Kanye West, now Ye, to buy Parler, a conservative social media site

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Ye has entered into a deal to buy conservative social media platform Parler, the app’s parent company announced in a news release Monday. 

The move comes on the heels of Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, being locked out of Twitter and Instagram for antisemitic posts

Parlement Technologies, which owns Parler, said the acquisition with Ye is slated to be completed in the fourth quarter. Details of the deal such as price were not revealed, but it was outlined that Parlement’s private cloud and data center infrastructure would be included.

The social media platform would give Ye an outlet to voice his opinions without any censoring, with Parler being promoted as a “free speech” platform and “an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome.”

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“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” Ye said in a statement on the company’s news release.

In one since-removed post on Twitter last week, Ye said he would soon go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” making an apparent reference to the U.S. defense readiness condition scale known as DEFCON.

Ye has taken controversial stands in the past, most recently wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt at a Paris Fashion Week event. He previously stated the COVID-19 vaccine was “the mark of the beast” and also once suggested slavery was a choice. 

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Parler, which launched in August 2018, gained some traction in 2020 but it was kicked offline following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. A relaunch effort began shortly afterwards, and the platform returned to Google Play in September. 

“This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer said in a statement.

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Contributing: The Associated Press. 

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