Social network Parler announced Monday a deal with Kanye West to buy the platform popular among American conservatives, just over a week after the rapper’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were banned for anti-Semitic posts.
West – now known as Ye – recently alienated fans and business associates with anti-Semitic comments, an interest in racist conspiracy theories and wearing a provocative T-shirt that read “White Lives Matter” at Paris Fashion Week.
Parler said West, who has had an account on the network since Monday, is “taking a bold stand against his recent censorship by Big Tech.”
Earlier this year, West was banned from posting on Instagram for 24 hours after violating the social network’s harassment policy amid his acrimonious divorce from reality star Kim Kardashian.
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“Ye is taking a pioneering step into the free speech media space and will never again fear being removed from social media,” he said.
Launched in 2018, Parler has become a haven for supporters of former US President Donald Trump and far-right users who claim they have been censored by other social networks such as Twitter. Since then, she has signed many more traditional Republican votes.
Last month, Google allowed Parler to return to its Play Store more than a year after the platform was banned.
A competitor to Truth Social, which Trump launched after being shut down on Twitter in the wake of the Capitol riot, was also allowed on the Google Play Store this month, just weeks before the crucial midterm elections.