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Kanye West wants to buy social network Parler

Social network Parler said on Monday that American rapper Kanye West had expressed his intention to buy the platform, which has gained popularity among conservatives in the United States.

“In a world where conservative opinions are considered controversial, we need to make sure we have the right to express ourselves freely,” the rapper and fashion mogul, now known as Ye, said in Parler’s statement.

The value of the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2022, was not disclosed.

Earlier in October, Instagram and Twitter had suspended West’s accounts for anti-Semitic posts.

George Farmer, chief executive of Parler, said the deal would “change the way the world thinks about free speech”.

“Ye is taking a groundbreaking step into the realm of free expression in the media and will never have to worry about being removed from social media again,” he said.

Parler was launched in 2018 and became a haven for supporters of former US President Donald Trump and far-right users who claim to have been censored by other social media platforms such as Twitter.

However, Parler was removed from Apple and Google’s online marketplaces and effectively shut down when Amazon Web Services cut ties for the platform’s failure to stop incitement to violence ahead of the US Capitol siege on 6 January 2021.

Last month, Google reinstated Parler to its Play Store, more than a year after the platform was banned.

The network describes itself as “a leading force in the fight against Big Tech, Big Government, Censorship and Cancel Culture”.

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