Kanye West offers to buy conservative social media platform Parler

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Oct 17, 2022 2:44 PM EDT

The rapper formerly known arsenic Kanye West is offering to bargain right-wing affable societal web Parler soon aft getting locked retired of Twitter and Instagram for antisemitic posts.

The acquisition of Parler would springiness West, legally known arsenic Ye, power of a societal media level and a caller outlet for his opinions with nary gatekeeper.

But adjacent among the caller breed of mostly right-wing societal apps that purport to enactment escaped code by having looser rules and moderation, Parler’s idiosyncratic basal is tiny.

Parlement Technologies, which owns the platform, and West said the acquisition should beryllium completed successful the 4th quarter, but details similar terms were not disclosed. Parlement Technologies said the statement includes the usage of backstage unreality services via Parlement’s backstage unreality and information halfway infrastructure.

Ye was blocked from posting on Twitter and Instagram a week agone implicit antisemitic posts that the societal networks said violated their policies. In 1 station connected Twitter, Ye said helium would soon spell “death con 3 connected JEWISH PEOPLE,” according to net archive records, making an evident notation to the U.S. defence readiness information standard known arsenic DEFCON.

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Ye is nary alien to controversy, erstwhile suggesting slavery was a prime and calling the COVID-19 vaccine “the people of the beast.” Earlier this month, helium was criticized for wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt to his postulation astatine Paris Fashion Week.

“In a satellite wherever blimpish opinions are considered to beryllium arguable we person to marque definite we person the close to freely explicit ourselves,” Ye said successful a prepared statement.

The acquisition could besides respire caller beingness into Parler, which has struggled amid contention from different conservative-friendly platforms similar Truth Social, started by erstwhile President Donald Trump. Parler had a comparatively tiny mean of 983,000 monthly progressive users for the archetypal fractional of this year, according to Data.ai, which tracks mobile app usage.

Truth Social had 2.4 cardinal monthly users during the aforesaid period, contempt launching conscionable successful February and lone connected Apple devices, according to Data.ai. The marketplace probe steadfast said different right-leaning platform, Gettr, which launched successful July 2021, is up of some Parler and Truth Social with astir 3.8 cardinal monthly progressive users.

None of them travel adjacent to Twitter, which reported that it had a regular mean of astir 237.8 cardinal progressive users during its astir caller quarter. Many of the right-wing platforms emerged from absorption to the content-moderation restrictions astatine mainstream services specified arsenic Twitter and Facebook, though billionaire Elon Musk has pledged to lessen immoderate of Twitter’s code restrictions if helium follows done with a promised $44 cardinal takeover of the San Francisco institution aboriginal this month.

Parler, which launched successful August 2018, didn’t commencement picking up steam until 2020. But it was kicked offline pursuing the Jan. 6, 2021 onslaught connected the U.S. Capitol. A period aft the attack, Parler announced a relaunch. It returned to Google Play past month.

“This woody volition alteration the world, and alteration the mode the satellite thinks astir escaped speech,” Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer said successful a prepared statement.

Left: Rapper Kanye West speaks during a gathering with U.S. President Donald Trump to sermon transgression justness betterment astatine the White House successful Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS