Sunday, March 26, 2023

Kanye West to buy social media platform Parler

The acquisition comes after Kanye West was blocked on Twitter and Instagram last week over antisemitic posts on both social networks.

• October 17, 2022
Kanye West and Parler
Kanye West and Parler

Kanye West, now known as Ye, has offered to buy conservative social media network Parler after getting deplatformed on Twitter and Instagram for antisemitic posts.

On Monday, Parlement Technologies, which owns the platform, and Mr West, said in a statement the acquisition should be completed in the fourth quarter, but the price of the deal was not disclosed.

“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” Mr West said.

Parlement Technologies said the agreement includes the use of private cloud services via Parlement’s private cloud and data centre infrastructure.

“The terms of the proposed transaction would include ongoing technical support from Parlement and the use of private cloud services via Parlement’s private cloud and data centre infrastructure,” the statement said.

Parler, which launched in August 2018, didn’t start picking up steam until 2020. The company pushed against censorship and presented itself as a “free speech” social network with fewer content rules than Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. The app was taken offline in the wake of the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol building. 

“This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer said.

Mr West was blocked from posting on Twitter and Instagram last week over antisemitic posts that both social networks said violated their policies. 

Mr West wrote on Instagram that Sean Combs, rapper P. Diddy, was being controlled by Jewish people. His account was restricted by Instagram that day.

On Twitter, Mr West lashed out against Jewish people in a series of tweets. He tweeted that he would soon go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” in reference to the United States’ defence readiness condition, known as Def. Con. This tweet has since been deleted.

Mr West faced backlash earlier this month, after wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt to his collection show at Paris Fashion Week.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Sofiane Boufal scores for Morocco in friendly with Brazil


Morocco beat Brazil 2-1 in international friendly

Saturday’s win against five-time World Cup winner Brazil was another statement that Moroccans World Cup performance last year was not a fluke.

Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the chairman of the Ohanaeze Council of Elders


Ohanaeze vows to ‘deal with political rascals,’ says Yorubas not at war with Igbos in Lagos

The statement comes a week after the Lagos governorship election, which was marred by voters intimidation, violence and ethic slurs.



2023 census technology cannot be manipulated, FG assures Nigerians

Nigerians have been asked to ensure that they’re counted during the conduct of the 2023 National Population and Housing Census.

Director General of NOA, Garba Abari


Traditional, religious leaders crucial to success of 2023 census: Garba Abari

He said the success of the 2023 census will largely depend on the role and participation of traditional institutions and religious leaders.

Seun Osewa


Chidi Odinkalu: The faux apologia of Seun Osewa

In Nigeria, Igbos don’t have a right to vote; citizens do.

Seyi Makinde


Gov. Makinde asks Oyo opposition politicians to help develop state

The governor said he would work with the ideas of his co-contestants in the just concluded governorship election in the state.