A press release on prnewswire titled: “Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, to acquire Parler Platform”, was posted on today. If you’ve been following the news, it should come as no surprise that Ye decided to buy a social media company.
From the press release:
Parlement Technologies announced today that it has entered into an agreement in principle to sell Parler, the world’s pioneering uncancelable free speech platform to Ye (formerly known as Kanye West). Ye has become the richest Black man in history through music and apparel and is taking a bold stance against his recent censorship from Big Tech, using his far-reaching talents to further lead the fight to create a truly non-cancelable environment.
“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” says Ye.
The proposed acquisition will assure Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome…
The press release posted a link to where Ye can be found on Parler. I clicked on that link, and my Safari browser said it could not open the page “because the page’s address isn’t valid.” Either Safari doesn’t recognize the Parler website, or the link attached to where you can find Ye on Parler is incorrect or broken.
The press release also says: Under the terms of their agreement in principle, the parties intend to enter into a definitive purchase agreement and expect to close during the fourth quarter of 2022. The terms of the proposed transaction would include ongoing technical support from Parliament and the use of private cloud services via Parliament’s private cloud and data center infrastructure.
Why would Ye want to buy a social media company?
Last week, Kanye West (aka Ye) was locked out of his Twitter and Instagram accounts following a weekend of antisemitic posts. Now, the saga has taken a sharp turn with news that the hip-hop mogul is acquiring the controversial “free speech” social media app Parler, Engadget reported.
According to Engadget, the deal appears to be happening quickly, with the company behind Parler (Parliament technologies) saying that the parties expect to close the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2022. The acquisition price was not revealed.
Engadget also reported: Shortly after his return to Twitter, West posted an antisemitic message, which was eventually pulled by Twitter. “The account in question has been locked due to a violation of Twitter’s policies,” a spokesperson said at the time. The rapper also shared a screenshot on Instagram with another antisemitic message, and was similarly restricted by that site.
Several sites reporting on the press release have noted that the situation is developing.
I suppose that a person, who has tons of money, and who has been kicked out of two large social media websites, would become very interested in finding one that would accept him. I suppose one way to assure you won’t be removed from that social media site is to buy it.