The rapper formerly known as Kanye West is offering to buy the right-wing social network Parler shortly after he was kicked off Twitter and Instagram for anti-Semitic posts.
Acquiring Parler would give West, legally known as Ye, control of a social media platform and a new outlet for his unguarded opinions.
Parliament Technologies, which owns the platform, and West said the acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter, but details such as pricing were not disclosed. Parliament Technologies said the agreement includes the use of private cloud services through Parliament’s private cloud and data center infrastructure.
Ye was banned from Twitter and Instagram a week ago for anti-Semitic posts that social media said violated their policies. In a post on Twitter, Ye said he would soon go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” according to internet records, making an apparent reference to the scale of US defense readiness known as DEFCON. .
Ye is no stranger to controversy, once suggesting slavery was a choice and calling the COVID-19 vaccine “the mark of the beast.” Earlier this month he was criticized for wearing a White Lives Matter T-Shirt to her collection at Paris Fashion Week.
“In a world where conservative views are considered controversial, we must ensure that we have the right to express ourselves freely,” Ye said in a prepared statement.
The acquisition could also breathe new life into Parler, which has struggled against competition from other pro-conservative platforms like Truth Social. Parler, which launched in August 2018, only started gaining momentum in 2020. But it was taken offline after the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. A month after the attack, Parler announced a relaunch. It returned to Google Play last month.
“This agreement will change the world and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” Parliament Technologies CEO George Farmer said in a prepared statement.