PF explainersOctober 18, 2022 5:15:54 PM IST
American rapper Kanye West is buying Parler, a conservative social media platform, for an undisclosed amount.
Legally known as Ye, the rapper and fashion designer was recently kicked off Twitter and Instagram for anti-Semitic posts.
“In a world where conservative views are considered controversial, we must ensure that we have the right to express ourselves freely,” Ye said in a statement, according to CNBC.
George Farmer, chief executive of Parler’s parent company Parliament Technologies, said the rapper would no longer have to worry about being taken off social media.
“This agreement will change the world and change the way the world thinks about free speech. Ye is taking a revolutionary step into the free speech media space and will never have to worry about being taken down again. social media,” he said. The Guardian.
What is Talking? Why is this controversial? Why is Ye buying the social media platform? We explain.
Talking and its past prohibitions
Founded in 2018 by John Matze, Rebekah Mercer and Jared Thomson, Parler has gone from strength to strength in 2020.
The company says it is built on a “foundation of respect for privacy and personal data, freedom of expression, free markets, and ethical and transparent business policy.”
According evening standardParler has been defined as an “alt-tech version of Twitter appealing to Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists.”
It was banned by Apple and Google last year following the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Amazon Web Services, a cloud hosting service, removed Parler, citing 98 posts on the platform that encouraged violence, according to the evening standard report.
The platform reportedly aired discussions between supporters of former US President Donald Trump about the “Capitol Invasion”.
Responding to Google’s ban, John Matze, then Parler’s managing director, said, “We won’t give in to politically motivated corporations and authoritarians who hate free speech!”
In September this year, Google restored the app to its Play Store, saying Parler had changed some of its content moderation policies.
Apple had reinstated the relaunched Talk app in April 2021, CNBC reported.
Why is Parler controversial?
Speak has marketed itself as a “free speech” social network, meaning it lacks content moderation, and as a result posts that could be classified as hate speech are flourishing on the platform.
According to a ADL report in 2020, the app has become popular among users who perceive mainstream social media platforms to have an “anti-conservative” bias.
Talking gave a platform to QAnon movement supporter accounts that MarketWatch defines as “an American political conspiracy movement with several misrepresentations” on various topics.
“Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bigotry are also easy to find,” on the digital app, reports ADL.
Apple said last year that Parler had messages containing “direct threats of violence and calls to incite lawless action.”
He also called the social media platform’s processes “insufficient” to control the spread of “dangerous and illegal” content, reports CNN.
Why does Ye buy Parler?
In an interview with Bloomberg NewsYe said he was motivated to buy Parler because social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter are “too restrictive” when it comes to user speech.
“When I got fired from Instagram and Twitter back then, I knew it was time to get my own platform,” he said.
The rapper said Parler is for “people like him, who have been penalized by much bigger platforms.”
“We’re using this as a net for people who have been intimidated by thought police to come forward and speak their minds,” he added.
“Express how you feel. Express what is bound inside you. Express what haunts you. I use social media as a therapist,” Bloomberg News quoted Ye as saying.
He also plans to invite Trump on Parler and will join the former president’s alternative network, Truth Social, according to the report.
Last week, the 45-year-old singer was banned from Twitter just a day after returning to the microblogging site after nearly two years.
You had tweeted: “I’m a little sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going to die stupid 3 On the JEWS The funny thing is that I can’t be anti-Semitic because black people are actually Jews too You toyed with me and tried to incriminate anyone who opposes your agenda.
Twitter deleted the post and locked its account on October 9 for violating its service policies against hate speech, The Guardian reported.
Instagram restricted Ye’s account after claiming fellow rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was controlled by Jews, an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, according to NBC News.
The American Jewish Committee, an anti-hate group, called Ye’s remarks “anti-Semitic.”
Ye had courted controversy earlier after wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt in his collection at Paris Fashion Week.
With contributions from agencies
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