Rapper Ye is no longer buying right-wing social media site Parler, the company announced Thursday.
Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, offered to buy Parler in October. At the time, Ye and Parliament Technologies, owner of Parler, said the acquisition would be completed in the last three months of the year. The sale price and other details were not disclosed.
“This decision was made in the interests of both parties in mid-November,” Parliament Technologies said in a statement Thursday. “Parler will continue to look for future growth opportunities and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.”
Parler is a small platform in the emerging space of right-wing, far-right, and libertarian social apps that promises little to no content moderation to weed out hate speech, racism, and misinformation, among other objectionable content. . None of the sites came close to achieving mainstream status.
Talking was launched in August 2018 but only started to gain momentum in 2020. It was taken offline in January 2021 due to its links to the deadly insurgency in the US Capitol earlier that month. A month after the attack, Parler announced a relaunch but only returned to Google Play in September this year.
Ye has made a series of anti-Semitic comments in recent weeks, including praising Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Thursday. Ye’s remarks led to his suspension from social media platforms, his talent agency dumping him, and companies like Adidas cutting ties with him. The sportswear maker has also opened an investigation into his conduct.
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