Who could have predicted, just a year ago, that the wealthiest man in the world and a billionaire rapper would purchase social media platforms?
On October 4th, Musk revived his $44 Billion offer to acquire Twitter.
On Monday, Rapper Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye, confirmed his plan to purchase the Parler social media platform to “protect conservative speech” in America.
“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” said West in a written statement.
The move comes hours after Kanye was locked out of Instagram and Twitter for posting remarks considered by many to be anti-Semitic; writing “I’m about to go death con 3 no Jewish People.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 17, 2022
Parler CEO George Farmer unveiled the plan to users through an email to subscribers.
I am sure you have questions, and I’d like to answer a few right here. Firstly, Ye’s acquiring of Parler will strengthen our ability to create an uncancelable ecosystem. No one should have to self-censor out of uncertainty about which legal speech will get him or her banned. No individual or business should worry about being completely deplatformed, as Parler was, merely for the expression of opposing viewpoints. Groupthink is, and always has been, more dangerous than independent thinking.
The current Parler staff you’ve come to know —many of whom you’ve interacted with— will still be working on the app, and the platform will continue to utilize Dynascale’s cloud services.
Parler will remain a place where everyone can think, listen, and speak freely. We will continue the fight against censorship, cancel culture, and authoritarianism.
While I cannot provide all the details today, I have complete confidence that Parler, as both a platform and a community, will experience the limitless growth it deserves.
PR Newswire reported:
Parlement Technologies announced today that it has entered into an agreement in principle to sell Parler, the world’s pioneering uncancelable free speech platform, to Ye (formerly known as Kanye West). Ye has become the richest Black man in history through music and apparel and is taking a bold stance against his recent censorship from Big Tech, using his far-reaching talents to further lead the fight to create a truly non-cancelable environment.
The proposed acquisition will assure Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome. Ye can be found on Parler here.
Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer welcomes Ye as a compatriot in the fight for free speech. “This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech. Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again. Once again, Ye proves that he is one step ahead of the legacy media narrative. Parlement will be honored to help him achieve his goals.”
Under the terms of their agreement in principle, the parties intend to enter into a definitive purchase agreement and expect to close during the fourth quarter of 2022. The terms of the proposed transaction would include ongoing technical support from Parlement and the use of private cloud services via Parlement’s private cloud and data center infrastructure.
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