The social media platform Parler will be bought by Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, the firm announced on Monday. AP / Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini remove caption
switch to caption AP / Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini The social media platform Parler will be bought by Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, the firm announced on Monday.
AP / Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini Ye, the artist once known as Kanye West, has agreed to buy Parler, a social media platform well-liked by Trump supporters, the firm said on Monday.
The unexpected action comes days after Twitter and Instagram suspended Ye’s accounts due to a string of widely denounced antisemitic postings.
The limitations Twitter and Instagram placed on his accounts were described as censorship by Parler, which bills itself as the “pioneering uncancelable free expression platform,” and claimed that Parler’s more hands-off approach to content monitoring ensures that all perspectives are heard.
Ye said in a statement, “We have to make sure we have the freedom to openly express ourselves in a society where conservative beliefs are thought to be contentious.”
However, in fact, Parler has been a hotbed of conspiracy theories, intolerance, and right-wing misinformation – stuff that typically does not directly contravene Parler’s rules.
The parent business Parlement Technologies, which is based in Nashville, runs the social networking platform Parler. No additional details of the deal, including the price Ye has agreed to pay for the social media site, were provided. The agreement is anticipated to finalize before the end of the year, according to Parler executives.
Data from analytics firm Apptopia shows that Parler has been downloaded 11.7 million times and has roughly 40,000 daily active users. According to its latest quarterly profits, Twitter has 237 million daily active users in contrast.
Ye created opened a Parler account on Monday and has more than 8,000 followers there.
THE LATEST DISPUTES, FROM PARIS FASHION WEEK TO TUCKER CARLSON Ye is a frequent and frequently inconsistent user of social media. His musical career and clothing brand have made him a billionaire. Ye has been somewhat on a controversy binge in recent weeks.
He got into trouble earlier this month for wearing a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt to Paris Fashion Week. Hate speech is against the Anti-Defamation League’s considers motto.
Ye recently released by Vice unaired excerpts of a Fox News interview he had with Tucker Carlson in which he advanced a number of antisemitic conspiracy theories. Additionally, he surprised many when he claimed in the video that “professional actors” had been sent to his home to “sexualize” his kids.
Ye has been a steadfast supporter of the former president on the political scene for a very long time. Ye, a vocal opponent of cancel culture, constantly criticizes what he perceives as excessive regulation of free expression in society.
The anything-goes attitude is a defining characteristic of Parler, which was founded in 2018 and has had a tumultuous past.
A MANAGEMENT CHANGE, DEPLATFORMING, AND A RETURN Hundreds of footage of the Capitol siege were released on Parler during the attack on that building on January 6. Parler had become a hub for far-right activists upset over Trump’s loss in the election before the attack.
Following the Capitol riots, Amazon severed Parler’s web hosting services due to Parler’s refusal to remove violent and abusive messages. This sparked a protracted legal dispute and the abrupt departure of Parler’s previous CEO John Matze.
A confrontation between Matze and Rebekah Mercer, the Republican megadonor and co-founder of Parler, about how the platform should handle provocative content, people close to the situation told NPR at the time, led to Matze’s abrupt departure.
When Apple and Google withdrew the service from their app stores for breaking their terms of service, Parler faced an extra setback. Apple claimed to have discovered posts that “glorified Nazism,” “encouraged violence,” and “denigrated many ethnic groups, ethnicities, and religions.”
Parler has since pledged to better police hate speech and violence on the platform, and as a result, Apple and Google have welcomed the app back to their app stores.
Parler is competing in a crowded field of “alternative” social media sites, where a slew of platforms with a conservative slant are trying to lure users away from popular platforms run by Big Tech in favor of programs with fewer restrictions on expression.
They include TruthSocial, another Twitter rival launched by former president Trump, Rumble, a YouTube clone financed by billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel, and Gettr, a site comparable to Twitter founded by former Trump adviser Jason Miller.
Ye wants to buy Parler as Twitter struggles with its own ownership dispute. Regarding his upcoming acquisition of the social media platform, Elon Musk and Twitter are still embroiled in complex discussions and legal disputes. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has also vowed to modify Twitter’s content moderation policies.
Ye’s anticipated acquisition by Parler, according to CEO George Farmer, is expected to have a significant impact on online discourse.
Ye is making a ground-breaking entry into the free speech media sector, according to Farmer, and he won’t ever have to worry about getting banned from social media again. Ye once more demonstrates that he is one step ahead of the narrative presented by the legacy media.