Kanye West has made a decision that aims to keep his views from being censored on social media.
On Monday (Oct. 17), Parlement Technologies announced it has entered into an agreement to sell Parler, a free speech platform, to the Hip-Hop billionaire.
Statement from West: “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” said West, according to a press release.
The announcement follows after West continued to face backlash for spewing controversial comments rooted in what many are labeling as hate speech.
West’s episode pulled from The Shop: Just this past week, West was set to appear on the episode of HBO‘s “The Shop,” executive produced and hosted by LeBron James. However, it was pulled after West used the platform to continue projecting “extremely dangerous stereotypes.”
“Yesterday we taped an episode of “The Shop” with Kanye West. Kanye was booked weeks ago and, after talking to Kanye directly the day before we taped, I believed he was capable of a respectful discussion and he was ready to address all his recent comments. Unfortunately, he used The Shop to reiterate more hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes,” Maverick Carter said in a statement to Andscape.
West is already restricted from Twitter and Instagram: Prior, West had also made antisemitic comments that led to punitive measures from both Instagram and Twitter. West is now locked out of his Twitter, as well as his Instagram account has been restricted since Oct. 8.
The Hollywood Reporter received confirmation from a Meta spokesperson that West’s account was placed on restriction for violating Instagram’s platform rules.
It is unclear when West will regain access to both platforms. However, he will not be twiddling his fingers until his ban is lifted. West is combating “Big Tech” to create a world where his voice will not be challenged or silenced.
A purchase agreement is set to be finalized by this year. West will advance Parler’s efforts to create an “uncancelable ecosystem” home for freethinkers.
“This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” said George Farmer, Parlement Technologies CEO, according to a press release. “Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and 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 honored to help him achieve his goals.”