Right-wing social media platform Parler says controversial rapper Kanye West is no longer buying the company.
On Thursday, West appeared on InfoWars, a program hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as part of a media tour about West’s alleged run for president in 2024. (News of losing a series of lawsuits by Sandy Hook family members claiming the school attack was fake.) West appeared on the show wearing a mask with West’s traveling companion, Holocaust denier and white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
During the interview, West declared his “love” to the Nazis and Hitler.
A few hours later, Parler reached out to Mashable and other news outlets to share that his October purchase deal with Kanye West had been quietly terminated last month.
Parliamentary Technologies [Parler’s parent company] He confirmed that the company had mutually agreed with Ye to terminate Parler’s intent to sell. This decision was taken in mid-November in the interests of both parties. Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for the development and growth of the platform for our vibrant community.”
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Mashable has reached out to Parler for more information and will update this piece if we get a response.
Parler had initially agreed to the purchase agreement after West had already agreed. suspended from social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to make antisemitic statements. Shortly before the deal was announced, West seen in two sports “White Lives Matter” T-shirts at Paris Fashion Week with conservative commentator Candace Owens. Owens is married to Parler CEO George Farmer.
“In a world where conservative views are viewed as controversial, we need to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” West said in the official Parler acquisition statement in October.
“This agreement will change the world and change the way the world thinks about freedom of expression,” Farmer said at the time.
In 2021, Parler’s practice was: removed From Apple’s App Store and Google Play for violations of both platforms’ content moderation policies regarding violent speech. Eventually, Parler was allowed to return to both platforms with a stricter policy surrounding the content in his app.
While it’s unclear exactly what prompted the two sides to withdraw from the deal last month, West’s interview at InfoWars seems to have encouraged Parler’s hasty statement.