Kanye West Moves to Buy Twitter Rival, Parler After He Was Blocked by Twitter And Instagram
- Kanye West, now referred to as Ye, is buying a social media site, Parler, days after Twitter and Instagram blocked him
- Both sites accused the rapper of violating their policies when he posted what they called antisemantic statements
- There was disclosure of the amount being paid by the rapper, but a statement by Parler's parent company called the deal a good one.
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US rapper Kanye West, who now refers to himself as Ye, has moved to buy the social media site Parler after Twitter and Instagram blocked him over anti-semantic speech.
Parler prides itself as a right-wing free, speech social media site and an alternative to Twitter.
The rapper announced on Monday, October 17, 2022, that he was acquiring the platform in a move that came days after he was stopped from posting on Meta's Instagram and Twitter.
Washington Post reports that the rapper had said slavery was the choice the black race made.
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Both platforms said he violated their policies a few days after the world's richest man, Elon Musk, welcomed him back to Twitter.
Parler's parent company, Parlement Technologies, said the company has agreed to the proposed acquisition.
"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 honoured to help him achieve his goals."
"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 Parlement and the use of private cloud services via Parlement's private cloud and data centre infrastructure."
There was no disclosure about how much the rapper paid for the deal.
Kanye West said:
"In a world where conservative opinions are considered controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to express ourselves freely," West said in a statement."
Trump social network unwelcome in Google store over moderation issues
Legit.ng reported that former US president Donald Trump's Truth Social app is unwelcome in Google's app store until it abides by rules regarding content moderation including violent threats, the company said Wednesday.
The internet giant made the statement after the Trump camp argued that it didn't know why its social network app had yet to be approved for the Google Play Store, which offers content for Android-powered smartphones.
A Google spokesperson said the company notified Truth Social on August 19 that its app violated Play policies and required "effective systems for moderating user-generated content" in order to be offered on the platform.