Kanye West has agreed to buy Parler, in spirit anyway, according to a statement released by the right-wing platform’s parent company, Parlement Technologies. “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” said West.
Commenting on the agreement Monday, Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer said it “Will change the world and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” CNBC reported.
“Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again,” Farmer said in a statement. “Once again, Ye proves that he is one step ahead of the legacy media narrative. Parlement will be honored to help him achieve his goals.”
Most widely known as the husband of African American right-wing pundit Candace Owens, Farmer took over as Chief Executive after his predecessor and co-founder – billionaire GOP donor Rebekah Mercer – couldn’t agree on the direction of the platform.
Created in 2018, Parler marketed itself as the premier outlet for “free speech,” amid complaints that conservative voices were being suppressed by Big Tech. The company would learn the difference between free speech and consequence speech, after being dropped from the Google Play and Apple stores after the Capitol attack.
According to NPR, during the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, hundreds of videos of the siege were posted to Parler, which in the leadup to the violence had become a gathering place for far-right activists angry over Trump’s election loss.
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“Oh, goodness gracious,” he laughed. “Elon Musk is going to own Twitter, Trump will own Truth Social, and Kanye will own Parler.