Kanye West agrees to buy Parler social media platform

Kanye's acquisition of Parler will include the controversial social media platform, its technical support, and cloud service infrastructure.


Some may recall during Donald Trump’s presidency when Parler was launched as a culmination of far right dismay over being banned on Twitter and Facebook. Parler has had troubles since, including being banned off and on from various storefronts and other social media. However, it looks like Kanye West is interested in keeping Parler running. The controversial musical artist has signaled intent to buy and acquire Parler, along with its cloud services and technical support departments.

Kanye’s decision to buy Parler was announced this week, as reported by Bloomberg. According to West, it comes out of a desire to protect conservative freedom of speech and ensure a platform where such voices can express themselves freely.

“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” West said in a statement regarding the deal.

Both Kanye West and Parler have faced restrictions online. Parler has been taken off and let back onto various app platforms a few times regarding its moderation of inappropriate, violent, or racist content.

Kanye's tweets after being restricted from access on Instagram.
In the lead-up to his announced purchase of Parler, Kanye West shared offense at being restricted on Instagram over allegedly antisemitic posts.
Source: Twitter

On the other end of things, Kanye has found himself in plenty of hot water as well. The artist brushed elbows with Donald Trump throughout the president’s administration. Even since, West has gone on to make further troubling statements and has been notably and recently accused of antisemitism in statements that got his account restricted on Instagram, as reported by NBC. The artist has since circled his wagons, going on Fox News and Tucker Carlson to double down in allegedly sharing anti-jew conspiracy theories.

Kanye West buying a conservative social media platform may not be how anyone expected him to respond to restrictions on Instagram, but it looks like Parler is about to be part of West’s empire. Stay tuned as we continue to follow for further updates.

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    October 17, 2022 11:05 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Kanye West agrees to buy Parler social media platform

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      October 17, 2022 12:01 PM

      "Oh wait there's already a social network specifically for my Nazi friends and I? Awesome!"

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      October 17, 2022 12:13 PM

      So his tirades and getting himself bumped off platforms were all lead up advertising for this buy?

      Even more gross.

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      October 17, 2022 12:14 PM

      kanye: please everyone, continue to notice me, I'm doing things so "ironically" and edgy, I need an audience or I have no purpose in life. I changed my name formally because I'm so fucking desperate

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        October 17, 2022 1:13 PM

        Must be working to some extent. I couldn’t name a single song of his. I only know him from the Grammys incident and these right wing type antics

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      October 17, 2022 12:16 PM

      Trump has "Truth Social"

      Elon will soon have Twitter.

      Kanye has Parler.

      We are missing a fourth horseman of the apocalypse.

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        October 17, 2022 12:19 PM

        Elon gonna use Twitter to save us from Woke War 3

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        October 17, 2022 12:23 PM

        the fact you forgot zuckerberg means he will try increasingly awful things

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        October 17, 2022 12:26 PM

        Putin will buy Facebook.

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          October 17, 2022 1:09 PM


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          October 17, 2022 5:44 PM

          That reminds me, I should probably delete my vkontakte account from when I was living SpB.

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      October 17, 2022 12:19 PM

      We've got to be a few weeks away from Peter Thiel buying Shacknews

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        October 17, 2022 12:20 PM

        Theil is still focused on buying the US government

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      October 17, 2022 12:27 PM

      Lmao, Candace Owen's and her husband worked him pretty easily

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        October 17, 2022 3:45 PM

        Wow. I didn't realize her husband is CEO of Parler. They are absolutely taking advantage of him. Hard to see how Kanye doesn't end up holding the bag on this one.

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          October 17, 2022 6:53 PM

          Kanye doesn’t know better and is being used again

          He also kinda WANTS to hold the bag

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            October 17, 2022 11:09 PM

            He can write an album worth of lyrics based on this. In the 40 minutes before he goes to a baby shower in Paris. AGAIN.

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          October 17, 2022 10:52 PM

          Yeah that's the thing I just found out today which you'd think would have been in every discussion of Candace And Kanye In Their Matching Racist Shirts.

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      October 17, 2022 1:02 PM

      If you’re going to scam a billionaire then this is how you do it. It took Candice less than a month to get Kanye to buy her husband’s failed social media platform off of them, ggwp

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        October 17, 2022 1:07 PM


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          October 17, 2022 1:16 PM

          Her entire shtick is taking advantage of idiot racists every day

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          October 17, 2022 10:53 PM

          If only he had a loving parent, or other family members who cared for him, to help him in these situations.

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        October 17, 2022 6:18 PM

        Yup. They are ripping this man off. The deal has to be in the tens of millions but if it is over a hundred even he is going to feel that.

        And I feel nothing. No outflow of compassion for Kanye because he will be fine and maybe, just maybe, he will actually learn something from this.

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        October 17, 2022 6:54 PM


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      October 17, 2022 5:41 PM

      I thought Kanye was broke like 18mos ago?

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      October 17, 2022 6:56 PM

      A fool and his money.

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