American musician and businessman, Ye, formerly Kanye West, has agreed to buy the conservative social media platform Parler. Ye said in a statement, “In a world where conservative opinions are considered controversial, we must ensure our right to freely express ourselves.”
Parler’s parent company, Parlement Technologies, stated that the platform provides an ecosystem where all voices are welcome. George Farmer, the CEO, welcomed Ye as a free speech fighter and fellow citizen. He also stated that the agreement would alter the world’s perception of free speech.
The two parties hope to complete the transaction by the end of 2022. Ye is currently a member of the Parler app, which bills itself as a neutral social media platform dedicated to free expression, civil discourse, and user privacy.
The musician has recently made headlines for his controversial comments on platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, where he was banned after making anti-Semitic remarks. Parler was also reinstated in the Google Play store last month after being removed due to links to the January 2021 Capitol riots.