Kanye West is no longer buying Parler. “In response to numerous media inquiries, Parlement Technologies would like to confirm that the company has reached an amicable agreement with Ye to end its intention to sell Parler,” the social media service said announced. “This decision was made in mid-November in the interests of both parties.”
West, whose real name is Ye, and Parlement Technologies announced the agreement in October, with West noting, “In a world where conservative opinions are considered contested, we need to ensure we have the right to express ourselves freely. (Parler, which emerged in the wake of Trumpism, brands itself as a haven for free speech and rails against censorship on mainstream social media.)
The first announcement came at a time when West was being banned from his Twitter and Instagram accounts due to a spate of anti-Semitic posts and public statements. He has since regained access to his Twitter account and has continued to publicly make anti-Semitic statements.
West has recently surrounded himself with far-right figures Milo Yiannopoulos and Nicholas J. Fuentes. He recently brought Fuentes – a white nationalist, anti-Semite and Holocaust denier – to a meeting with former President Donald J. Trump in Mar-a-Lago. And earlier this morning, Fuentes West joined Alex Jones’ InfoWars, where the rapper made a series of disturbing and hateful remarks while praising Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.