There is no word on how much the rapper, now known as Ye, will pay for ownership of the app; parent company Parlement Technologies expects to close the deal before the end of 2022(Opens in a new window).
Parler and other social media
West’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were restricted about a week ago for repeated policy violations, including sharing anti-Semitic content. During a recent podcast appearance, he reinforced his anti-Semitic views (Opens in a new window).
Meanwhile, Parler is billed as a non-censored Twitter alternative, but it’s frequently associated with Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and far-right extremists. After being forced offline following the US Capitol riot on January 6, the app and website were partially restored less than two weeks later, powered by Russian-owned DDos-Guard.
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CEO John Matze was fired on January 29, 2021, and was replaced by interim chief Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and president of Citizens for Self-Governance. By mid-February, Parler was back up and running—at first only for existing followers, then for “Americans of all viewpoints.”
There’s no telling what West will bring to the Parler table or how involved he’ll be in the company’s day-to-day operations.