Parler says Kanye West no longer buys the right-wing social media platform

Right-wing social media platform Parler says controversial rapper Kanye West is no longer buying the company.

On Thursday, West appeared on InfoWars, the program hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as part of a media tour about West’s claim to run for president in 2024. (Jones, as you may recall, was recently on news of the loss of a series of lawsuits by Sandy Hook family members over claims that the school shooting was faked.) West appeared on the show in mask along with Holocaust denier and white nationalist Nick Fuentes, with which West was travelling.

During the interview, West proclaimed his “love” for the Nazis and Hitler.

Hours later, Parler reached out to Mashable and other news outlets to share that the October buyout deal with Kanye West had been quietly terminated last month.

“Parliament Technologies [Parler’s parent company] has confirmed that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intention to sell Parler,” the statement said. “This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November. Parler will continue to pursue future growth opportunities and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.”

Mashable has reached out to Parler for more information and will update this piece if we hear back.

Parler had initially agreed to the buyout deal after West had already agreed suspended from social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram for making anti-Semitic remarks. Shortly before the deal was announced, West showed up with conservative commentator Candace Owens at Paris Fashion Week sporting ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirts. Owens is married to Parler CEO George Farmer.

“In a world where conservative views are considered controversial, we need to make sure we have the right to express ourselves freely,” West said in Parler’s official acquisition statement in October.

“This deal will change the world and change the way people think about free speech,” Farmer said at the time.

Back in 2021, Parler’s app was was removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play due to violations of both platforms’ content moderation policies related to violent speech. Parler was eventually allowed to return to both platforms with a stricter policy regarding its app’s content.

While it’s unclear exactly what caused the two sides to walk away from the deal last month, it appears that West’s interview with InfoWars prompted Parler’s hasty statement.

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