Kanye West Plans To Buy A Conservative Social Media Site. Parler

Shortly after being banned from Twitter and Instagram for antisemitic statements, the musician formerly known as Kanye West makes a bid to purchase the right-wing friendly social network, Parler.

The Acquisition of Parler

West, known legally as Ye, would gain control of a social media platform and a new, unrestricted venue for his thoughts with the acquisition of Parler.

The platform’s owner, Parlement Technologies, and West stated that the deal should close in the fourth quarter but did not provide specifics like the purchase price. According to Parlement Technologies, the agreement covers the use of private cloud services delivered through Parlement’s Data Centre and private cloud architecture.

Ye was banned from Instagram and Twitter a week ago due to antisemitic tweets that the social media platforms claimed were against their policies. According to internet archive records, Ye alluded to the U.S. defense readiness status scale known as DEFCON in a tweet where he stated that he would soon “death con three on JEWISH PEOPLE.”

Ye is no stranger to controversy; in the past, he has called the COVID-19 vaccine “the mark of the beast” and suggested that slavery was a choice. He faced backlash earlier this month for presenting his collection at Paris Fashion Week while sporting a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt.

Ye would have control over a social media network and have a new, unrestricted venue for his thoughts if Parler were to be purchased.

Ye stated in a prepared statement, “We have to make sure we have the right to openly express ourselves in a world where conservative beliefs are thought to be contentious.

Parler

The alt-tech microblogging and social networking site Parler is popular among conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and far-right radicals who support Donald Trump. The service frequently publishes far-right material, antisemitism, and conspiracy theories like QAnon. Journalists have referred to Parler as an alternative to Twitter, which uses alternative technology. Its members include people blocked from other social media platforms or who disagree with its moderation practices.

Launched in August 2018, Parler positions itself as an impartial, free speech-focused alternative to popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. This has drawn criticism from journalists who claim it is a cover for its far-right user base. Additionally, the service has come under fire from users and journalists for its content standards, which are frequently more stringent than its rivals and more restrictive than the firm claims. Some liberal and left-wing users have been banned from Parler for debating the site’s prevailing ideologies, mocking Parler, or making parody accounts.

In 2020, Parler’s user base exploded while only requiring minimal content filtering. Several companies declined to provide their services after hearing that Parler was employed to plan the attack on the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Apple and Google deleted the mobile app for Parler from the app stores, and on January 10, 2021, Parler’s hosting services were terminated by Amazon Web Services. According to Parler, over 15 million users of the program until it went offline in January 2021. “A coordinated attempt by the digital titans to remove competition in the marketplace” was how Parler described the deletions. On February 15, 2021, Parler began operations after switching to Epik for domain registration. On May 17, a version of the application with additional content filters was made available on the Apple App Store. On September 2, 2022, Parler made a comeback on Google Play.

Rapper Kanye West, better known by his stage name “Ye,” signed into a purchase deal to buy the business, Parler stated on October 17, 2022. The transaction should be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The Outcome of the acquisition

Parler, which has suffered in the face of competition from other conservative-friendly platforms like Truth Social, might find new life due to the acquisition. The August 2018 launch of Parler didn’t take off until 2020. However, it was turned off after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Parler announced a relaunch one month after the assault. The Google Play store had it back last month.

The CEO of Parlement Technologies, George Farmer, said in a prepared statement that “this partnership will transform the world and change the way the world thinks about free expression.”

 

Gloria Flynt

I am a Research Content Specialist in Update.co.ke. I have been working with update.co.ke for over 6 months. Update.co.ke is a digital platform that provides news and analysis on business, economy, technology and entrepreneurship in worldwide. I love reading and writing about anything that has to do with science, technology, and developments in the digital world.

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