Kanye West has his eyes (and wallet) set on buying a conservative-based social media app.
In an Oct. 17 statement, Parlement Technologies, the parent company of the social media platform, Parler, confirmed that the rapper agreed to an acquisition that “ensures Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem.”
According to NBC News, Parler serves as a controversial alternative platform to other well-known apps such as Twitter and Facebook—and was booted offline by multiple hosting services last year for its ties to the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial,” Kanye said in an Oct. 27 statement, per NBC News, “we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves.”
The platform’s CEO, George Farmer—who is husband to conservative personality and Kanye’s friend Candace Owens—also spoke out about the decision in his own statement, saying that the musician’s agreement “is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space,” adding he “will never have to fear being removed from social media again.”