Kanye West is set to acquire Parler, a controversial social media platform popular among conservatives in the US, after being restricted on Instagram and Twitter over a series of anti-Semitic posts, as The New York Times reports. The network, which brands itself as a digital haven for free speech, announced the deal on Monday morning, saying that the acquisition will “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,” the rapper legally known as Ye said in a press release.
In 2021, Parler was removed from both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store for its failure to block content that could incite violence in wake of the January 6 riots. Parler has since been restored to both app stores after tightening its moderation policies. West also joined the platform today around the time of the announcement.