The controversial rapper, fashion designer, and firebrand Kanye West, who has been accused of being racist for his divisive cultural and political comments, looks to be taking over the crypto friendly social media platform Parler with a predominantly right-wing user base.
Parler’s parent firm announced on Monday that Mr. West, who now goes by Ye, will purchase the website for an undisclosed sum of money. Parler touts itself as a platform for unrestricted free speech.
“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” said West, who now goes by Ye, in a statement released by Parler.
According to the company, Ye and Parler’s parent company plan to close the acquisition before the end of the year. As part of the agreement, Parler’s parent firm will provide technical support as well as access to its private cloud services.
George Farmer, the chief executive of Parler’s parent company, Parlement Technologies, said in a statement “In buying Parler, Ye will help “continue the fight against censorship, cancel culture and authoritarianism.”
“Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again,” Farmer said in a statement. “Once again, Ye proves that he is one step ahead of the legacy media narrative. Parlement will be honored to help him achieve his goals.”