The singer Kanye West, who is now officially known as Ye, is purchasing Parler, a social media site that bills itself as a “free speech” substitute for Twitter. In a press release announcing the acquisition, Parler stated that it had reached a preliminary understanding with Ye and anticipated that it would close later in the year.
The acquisition was announced a little over a week after Ye’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were both banned (the latter for posting an antisemitic tweet). On October 8, Ye tweeted, “I’m a little sleepy tonight, but when I wake up, I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE. The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jews.”
George Farmer, CEO of Parlement Technologies, lauds Ye as a fellow fighter for free speech. “This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech. Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again. Once again, Ye proves that he is one step ahead of the legacy media narrative. Parlement will be honored to help him achieve his goals.”
The parties aim to engage into a definitive purchase agreement in accordance with their agreement in principle, and they anticipate closing in the fourth quarter of 2022. The conditions of the proposed purchase would include continuing technical assistance from Parlement and access to private cloud services through Parlement’s private cloud and data centre infrastructure.
Parlement is the parent company and home of the renowned Parler free speech social media platform as well as cutting-edge technological platforms like Web3 and secure cloud services like DeepRedSky and Dynascale. The business is a driving force in the struggle against censorship, big government, big tech, and cancel culture.
In a statement, West said, “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves.” The parent firm of Parler expressed confidence in the planned acquisition, stating that it would contribute to the creation of “an unstoppable environment where all voices are accepted.”