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Rapper Ye is no longer buying right-wing social app Parler

Published:Friday | December 2, 2022 | 12:13 AM
The rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, is no longer buying right-leaning social media site Parler, the company said on Thursday.
The rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, is no longer buying right-leaning social media site Parler, the company said on Thursday.

The rapper Ye is no longer buying right-leaning social media site Parler, the company said Thursday.

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, had offered to buy Parler in October. At the time, Ye and Parlement Technologies, which owns Parler, said the acquisition would be completed in the last three months of the year. The sale price and other details were not disclosed.

“This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November,” Parlement Technologies said in a statement Thursday. “Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.”

Parler is a small platform in the emerging space of right-leaning, far-right, and libertarian social apps that promise little to no content moderation to weed out hate speech, racism, and misinformation, among other objectionable content. None of the sites have come close to reaching mainstream status.

Parler was launched in August 2018 but didn’t start picking up steam until 2020. It was kicked offline in January 2021 over its ties to the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol earlier that month. A month after the attack, Parler announced a relaunch but didn’t return to Google Play until September of this year.

Ye has made a series of anti-Semitic comments in recent weeks, including praising Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Thursday. Ye’s remarks led to his suspension from social media platforms, his talent agency dropping him, and companies like Adidas cutting ties with him. The sportswear manufacturer has also launched an investigation into his conduct.