It was bound to happen.
Ye has decided to buy his very own social media platform, Parler. Chances are Parler might not be on your radar as a social media platform. It is beloved by US conservatives with which Ye seems to have aligned himself.
Farmer said, “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.”
Chances are high Ye has been motivated by his ban on Instagram and Twitter aka Big Tech and has opted to roll up his sleeves and fight fire with fire. Ye, who has been cancelled many a time and not just through social media blocking, is a man of many words. He states in the press release that “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves.”
Farmer also adds that Ye “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 honoured to help him achieve his goals.”
Incidentally, Parler is not without its own controversies.
It is home to fans of former US President Donald Trump, and was pulled off both Google Play Store and the Apple App Store following the Capitol riots last year in January. Amazon Web Services also kicked Parler off its web hosting service. It is only now that Parler is dipping its toe back into the water. Its former CEO and Co-Founder, John Matze, also took Parler to court for ousting him under accusations of theft of his 40 per cent ownership stake. Matze believes he was fired over his proposal for stricter content moderation. Parler has a reputation for being lax when it comes to moderation. Founded in 2018 by Matze and Jared Thomson, Parler has since become a platform attractive to anyone who has been banned on larger social media platforms for being offensive.
Ye’s acquisition will include technical support from Parlement Technologies as well as the use of its private cloud services and data centre infrastructure.