U.S. rapper Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, has proposed shopping for Parler, the social media platform common amongst American conservatives, mother or father Parlement Technologies stated on Monday.
Nashville-based Parler, which has raised about $56 million US to date, stated it expects the deal to shut in the course of the fourth quarter of 2022. It didn’t give a deal worth.
The deal comes as Parler, which launched in 2018 and styled itself as a free speech area for these searching for another to platforms comparable to Twitter, has been reinstated on Google and Apple’s app shops after being eliminated following the U.S. Capitol riots in January 2021.
Ye, who can also be a dressmaker, has up to now few weeks terminated his partnership with attire retailer Gap, whereas German sporting items maker Adidas has put its enterprise partnership with the rapper underneath evaluation.
The rapper has additionally had issues with main social media platforms, being restricted plenty of occasions.
Locked out of Instagram, Twitter accounts
Most just lately, West was locked out of his Instagram account by Facebook mother or father Meta Platforms for posts condemned as antisemitic. He then moved to Twitter, posting for the primary time in two years.
“In a world the place conservative opinions are thought of to be controversial we have now to be certain that we have now the precise to freely categorical ourselves,” Ye stated in a press release.
“This deal will change the world, and alter the way in which the world thinks about free speech,” Parlement Technologies chief government officer George Farmer stated in Monday’s announcement of the deal.
“Ye is making a groundbreaking transfer into the free speech media area and can by no means have to concern being faraway from social media once more.”
Ye appeared to have joined Parler on Monday and had about 91 followers on the time of the announcement.
The American rapper had introduced in 2020 that he would run for U.S. president, however later pulled out.
Parler has additionally garnered traction from supporters of Trump.
Last month, Parler created its new mother or father firm, Parlement Technologies, as a part of an overhaul.