Kanye West is acquiring Parler, an alternative social media platform which prides itself as a “free speech platform”.
Parlement Technologies announced the news in a press release, saying that the deal would help create “an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome.
The acquisition comes after Kanye was temporarily locked out by Twitter this month over an antisemitic tweet which also led to JP Morgan Chase cancelling it’s banking relationship with the rapper. Ye still continued his controversial comments in the latest Drink Champs interview making eyebrow raising comments about George Floyd, Meek Mill and Diddy.
West shared his sentiment about the deal stating, “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves.”
According to CNN, in the weeks following the Jan. 6 riots, Parler was removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for what the companies said was a failure to adequately moderate violent rhetoric on the platform. Parler has since been restored to both app stores after making changes to its content moderation practices.
Exact terms of the Parler deal weren’t disclosed, though Parler said it must still enter into a definitive agreement with West and expects to close in the fourth quarter. Parler’s parent, Parlement Technologies, would remain involved by providing technical services and cloud support.