Kanye West has started buying alternative messaging platform Parler after his Twitter and Instagram accounts were suspended.
A statement from parent company Parlement Technologies said it had reached an agreement in principle for the rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye, to acquire the site.
The acquisition “secures Parler a future role in creating an indissoluble ecosystem where all voices are welcome.”
Parler has styled itself as an unbiased platform and has become popular with Twitter exiles and is also home to prominent American conservative voices.
The social network was removed from app services like Apple and Amazon for a period after the attack on the US Capitol due to concerns about its role in the violence.
West said, “In a world where conservative opinions are considered controversial, we need to make sure we have the right to express ourselves freely.”
This agreement will change the world and change the way the world thinks about free speechParler CEO George Farmer
George Farmer, CEO of Parler, said: “This agreement will change the world and change the way the world thinks about free speech.
“Ye is making a breakthrough step into the media space of free speech and will never again have to fear being removed from social media.”
Under the terms of their agreement in principle, the parties intend to enter into a definitive purchase agreement and expect it to close in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Last week, West’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were suspended with a spokesman for Meta, the social media platforms’ parent company, saying the rapper had posted messages that went against his policies.
His Twitter account is still active but he will not be able to post anything after an indefinite period until the lockdown ends.
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Earlier this month, West was criticized for wearing a White Lives Matter t-shirt with his collection at Paris Fashion Week.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/kanye-west-buying-alternative-social-media-platform-parler-42072214.html Kanye West is buying alternative social media platform Parler