Right-wing social media platform Parler says controversial rapper Kanye West is no more buy company.
On Thursday, West appeared on InfoWars, the show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as part of a media tour related to West’s announcement that he would run for president next year. year 2024. (Jones, as you may recall, recently joined the news for a series of loss lawsuit from Sandy Hook family members for his claims that the school shooting was fake.) West appeared on the masked show alongside Holocaust denier and white nationalist Nick Fuentes, whom West went with.
During the interview, West declared his “love” for the Nazis and Hitler.
Just hours later, Parler reached out to Mashable and other news outlets to share that the acquisition deal they struck in October with Kanye West was quietly terminated last month.
“Parlement Technology” [Parler’s parent company] confirmed that the company has agreed with Ye to terminate its intention to sell Parler,” the statement read. “This decision was made in the interests of both parties in mid-November. Parler will continue to pursue future growth opportunities and platform growth for our vibrant community.”
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Mashable has reached out to Parler for more information and will update this section if we receive a response.
Parler initially agreed to the acquisition agreement after West had prohibit from social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to make hateful comments. Just before announcing the deal, West appeared with conservative commentator Candace Owens at Paris Fashion Week in two “White Lives Matter” sports t-shirts. Owens is married to Parler CEO George Farmer.
“In a world where conservative views are seen as controversial, we must ensure that we have the freedom to express ourselves,” West said in the official statement of the Parler acquisition in October. .
“This deal will change the world and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” Farmer said at the time.
Back in 2021, Parler’s app was eliminate from Apple’s App Store and Google Play for violating both platforms’ content moderation policies regarding violent language. Parler was finally allowed to work again on both platforms with a stricter policy around content on its apps.
While it’s unclear exactly what prompted the two sides to abandon the deal last month, it appears West’s interview on InfoWars prompted the hasty statement from Parler.