The man who famously stated that former President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about Black people” during a Hurricane Katrina relief telecast in 2005 is continuing his rightward movement by buying one of the world’s most conservitive platforms.
After accusing Meta and Twitter of “censoring” him in recent weeks due to being locked out of both platforms for anti-Semitic screeds, Ye has reached an agreement to purchase Parler, a conservative social media platform that purports itself as an outlet for “uncancelable free speech.” A popular outlet for supporters of former President Donald Trump, Parler was banned from Google Play and the Apple App Store following January 2021’s US Capitol riots for its role in inciting violence. It was restored to the former platform in May 2021 and the latter this past November after adding a “content moderation” layer.
Parler will be sold to Ye in full, and will operate under a new umbrella company called Parliament Technologies, which will provide technical support and cloud storage to the platform. “The proposed acquisition will assure Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome,” the company said in a statement. Parler currently has around 250,000 active users and was founded in 2018 by John Matze and Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of far-right news platform Breitbart founder Robert Mercer. The financial terms of the deal were not announced.
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