Kanye West, Parler Terminate Acquisition Agreement

Kanye “Ye” West is no longer acquiring Parler, the far-right “freedom of speech” social media platform.

The announcement of the termination of West’s deal to buy Parler, a Twitter copycat, came shortly after West appeared on Infowars, the show hosted by conspiracy maker Alex Jones — where West expressed, among other things, his admiration for Adolf Hitler and anti-Semitic became jokes about former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. West had already faced a major backlash in recent months over his anti-Semitic remarks, including losing his Adidas sneaker deal.

“Parlement Technologies has confirmed that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate its intention to sell Parler,” the company said in a statement on Thursday diversity. According to Parlement Technologies, the decision was made “in the interests of both parties” in mid-November.

The company added, “Parler will continue to pursue future growth opportunities and platform advancements for our vibrant community.”

In October, West and Parler announced their tentative agreement for the music artist and entrepreneur to purchase Parler. The parties anticipated closing in the fourth quarter of 2022. “In a world where conservative opinions are considered controversial, we need to ensure we have the right to free speech,” West said in a statement at the time.

Founded in 2018, Parler prides itself on being a “non-terminable free speech platform.” But the pro-Trump app’s hands-on approach to content moderation led to Apple and Google temporarily banning Parler from their app stores in the days following the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, with the tech companies Parler’s violators cited her bans on content that incites violence. Amazon also canceled its AWS hosting deal with Parler.

Apple’s App Store reinstated Parler in April 2021 after determining the app was better at removing hate speech and violent content. The Google Play Store finally agreed to list Parler again in September.

https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/kanye-wests-parler-deal-terminated-1235447337/ Kanye West, Parler Terminate Acquisition Agreement

Charles Jones

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