Performer Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye, has decided to buy Parler. It’s the online ‘free-speech’ platform similar to Twitter where you can’t get muted or banned for…saying bad things. This comes after Ye had multiple accounts restricted for posting anti-semitic content. He’s inked a deal with Parlement Technologies, and is in the process of acquiring the rights to the platform.
“Ye has become the richest Black man in history through music and apparel and is taking a bold stance against his recent censorship from Big Tech, using his far-reaching talents to further lead the fight to create a truly non-cancelable environment,” West and Parlement said in a statement.
Ye said he was going to “death con 3 on Jewish People.” Twitter ruled it hate speech, and locked his Instagram and Twitter accounts from posting.
The details of the deal aren’t publicly known. We can assume Ye spent a stupid amount of money on this just to prove a point. We’re not sure how it will change the platform.
Parler was created to “fight against Big Tech, Big Government, censorship and cancel culture.” It was something dreamed up to combat accounts being banned for hateful speech. It was credited as helping to organize the raid on the capitol on January 6th, 2021. Afterwards many online hosting services denied their application for use. Eventually it was restored again in 2021 on a hosting service called Epik. It was removed from Apple and Google Play app stores. It was recently restored May 17th on Google, and September 2nd on Google when they started offering a version with content filters.
“When I got kicked off of Instagram and Twitter at the time, I knew it was time to acquire my own platform,” Ye told Bloomberg.