Rapper Yeh, also known by his given name Kanye West, is buying a politically right-wing social network parlor.
Parlement Technologies, Parlor’s parent company, said in a news release Monday that he “has become the richest black person in history through music and apparel, and using his far-reaching talents to overcome recent censorship from Big Tech.” Taking a bold stand against. Lead the fight to create a truly non-cancellable environment.”
Instagram and Twitter beforein its accounts for posting anti-Semitic comments on its platform, stating that the comments violated company policy. In a post on Twitter, Ye said he would soon “go to death hunt 3 on Jewish people”, according to Internet archive records, making an apparent reference to the US Defense Preparedness Situation Scale known as Defcon.
“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 statement.
Launched in 2018, Parler attracted a surge of users after the 2020 presidential election, positioning itself as a platform for conservative views and an alternative to other social media sites.
but amazonLast year, the tech giant said on its web service that the parlor had failed to block content that could incite violence in the wake of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Other mainstream media platforms also booted Parlor from their platform, although it is now available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
in the days tillSupporters of former President Trump and members of far-right groups such as the Proud Boys and Used the parlor to call for violence on 6 January and planned to infiltrate the Capitol.
According to data.ai, the Parler app has been downloaded 6.2 million times in the US and 8.5 million times globally from the Apple App Store and Google Play. But parlor visitors declined sharply over the past year, falling to an average of 725,000 monthly active users in the first half of 2022, up from more than 5 million in the year-ago period, the digital research firm said. had got.
Parlement CEO George Farmer said in a statement Monday that “you are taking an important step in the free speech media space and you will never have to fear being taken off social media again.”
The terms of Parlor’s purchase of Ye were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.
In 2021, Bloomberg ranked West as wealthiest black American,
The rapper is no stranger to controversies. Most recently, Ye and conservative activist Candace Owens drew criticism after attending a Paris fashion show wearing shirts with the phrase, According to the Anti-Defamation League, the phrase has been adopted and promoted by white supremacist groups and sympathizers. He also suggested that slavery was an option and called the COVID-19 vaccine a “mark of the beast”.
-The Associated Press contributed to this report.