Kanye West is no longer buying right-wing social media company Parler, company says

Kanye West is no longer buying right-wing social media company Parler, company says
Kanye in a MAGA cap gesturing with his right arm
Kanye West speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington.AP Photo/Evan Vucci
  • Kanye West will no longer be buying social media platform Parler, the company said Thursday.

  • In October, Parler said West was buying the site to help create "an uncancelable ecosystem."

  • But the parties have "mutually agreed" to back out of the deal, Parler said.

On the day that Kanye West praised the fascist dictator of Nazi Germany, the right-wing social media company Parler revealed that the rapper will no longer be purchasing the company.

In October, Parlement Technologies, the parent company of the self-styled "free speech" platform, announced that West, who also goes by Ye, would be taking over ownership of the site for an undisclosed sum, boasting that he would help create "an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome."

"In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial," West himself said at the time, "we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves."

But after his appearance Thursday on Alex Jones' Infowars, during which West repeatedly praised Adolf Hitler, Parlement Technologies announced the deal was off — and claimed that it had been for some time.

"In response to numerous media inquiries, Parlement Technologies would like to confirm that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler," the company said in a statement posted on Twitter. "This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November."

Parler is currently led by George Farmer, who is married to right-wing influencer Candace Owens. In early October, just before the sale of Parler was announced, Owens appeared with West at a fashion show where the pair wore t-shirts that stated: "White Lives Matter."

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