Kanye West to acquire the conservative social media network Parler after being locked out of Twitter for antisemitic posts

Parlement Technologies, the parent company of Parler, announced the agreement to sell the platform to the rapper on Monday, with plans to close the deal by the end of the year.

FILE - Kanye West arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. West, who goes by Ye, is ending the contract between his company Yeezy and the struggling clothing retailer, confirmed his lawyer in an emailed statement to The Associated Press Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) (Evan Agostini, 2020 Invision)

The rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has agreed to acquire the conservative-oriented social media app Parler, the platform announced early Monday.

Parler is a controversial alternative to apps such as Twitter and Facebook and touts itself as a “free speech” and “uncancelable” space. It was forced offline last year for its ties to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The move comes a week after the rapper was locked out of his Twitter account and restricted on Instagram amid a backlash over antisemitic posts.

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