The parent firm of the Parler app said in a statement on Monday that famous rapper Kanye West, who has made a number of divisive and antisemitic remarks recently, has reached an agreement in principle to purchase the conservative social networking site.
He was shut out of his Twitter account before the action and his Instagram accounts for posting hate speech. Ye bought into a long-standing racist conspiracy theory in one of his posts, claiming that fellow rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was under Jewish control. Ye’s account was blocked on Twitter after he threatened to “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”
An inquiry for comment was not immediately answered by a Ye spokesman. Ye claimed that he was inspired to purchase Parler as a result of being punished by Twitter and Instagram. He also refuses to tell the publication what the details of the agreement were.
Ye reportedly has a $2 billion net worth. His association with Gap and Adidas as well as his line of Yeezy sneakers account for a large portion of his wealth. Adidas said it is also reconsidering its business partnership with Ye after he recently terminated business ties with Gap. Morgan Chase & Co parted connections with the rapper as well.
Throughout the Donald Trump era, a number of right-wing-friendly websites have emerged in response to complaints from the former president’s fans that Twitter and other apps treat them unfairly. Additionally, there is Trump’s app, Truth Social, whose parent business is being investigated by the federal government as it prepares to go public, and ”Gettr”, which is operated by a former advisor to the president, Jason Miller. Rumble, a platform for conservative-friendly video, went public last month.
Parler, which debuted in 2018, became embroiled in controversy last year due to its involvement in the Capitol building riots on January 6, 2021. Because of this, numerous digital firms, including Google and Amazon, blacklisted the service, making its app and website unavailable.
Google, on the other hand, claimed to have modified some of its content filtering policies and implementation in September and re-posted the app on its Play Store. In April 2021, Apple updated the app on its App Store platform.
Parler built its internal cloud platform to lessen its reliance on third-party technologies. In September, the business established a new parent company called Parlement Technologies with the intention of developing its own cloud service for online commerce. At the time, the business declared that “the future is uncancelable.”
The parent firm of Ye and Parler stated that they anticipate closing the deal before the year is through. As part of the agreement, Parler’s parent firm will provide tech assistance as well as access to its personal cloud services.