Kanye West’s Deal to Buy Parler Unravels

Kanye West’s Deal to Buy Parler Unravels

Kanye West has been trending for all the wrong reasons for a while now. As per recent reports, the rapper and fashion designer in the news for his anti-Semitic comments is no longer buying Parler. Parler is the social media service that bills itself as a platform for free speech and is very popular among right-wing audiences. The company made this announcement on Thursday. Kanye is also referred to as Ye.

In October, he had agreed to buy Parler for an undisclosed amount just days after Instagram and Twitter had restricted his accounts in response to the anti-semitic comments he had shared on the platforms. The deal had set up Ye alongside Elon Musk, who was buying Twitter as one of the prominent figures who owned a social media company which would give them personal outlets to assert their views about the speech on the platform.

According to the Parler spokeswoman, Ye’s deal for Parter had collapsed in mid-November. The social media services are owned by Parlement Technologies and did not specify the reason for the sale not going forward. They have confirmed that the company had mutually agreed with Kanye to terminate the intent to purchase Parler. She also added that Parler would continue pursuing future opportunities for the growth and evolution of the platform for their vibrant community.

Kanye has not responded to this development. He had told in October that he would use Parler to ensure that the conservative voices are heard. He said that in a world where conservative opinions are considered controversial, they have to make sure they have the right to express themselves freely.

Since then, Kanye has continued to push antisemitic messages. Because of those posts, multiple fashion brands, including Adidas, have severed deals with him. On Thursday, he appeared on a podcast hosted by the Infowars conspiracy broadcaster Alex Jones. He praised Adolf Hitler on the same. The restriction on Kanye’s account was removed last month, and he was welcomed back to Twitter by Elon Musk.

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