Kanye West has purchased a contentious 'free speech' app, Parler

Kanye West has purchased a contentious ‘free speech’ app, Parler

According to the above-mentioned Twitter post, Elon Musk, a prospective future Twitter owner, conveyed concerns to West about his remark, adding, “I believe he took [them] to heart.” He seems to have done so by acquiring a competing service.

Meanwhile, Parler was just recently reinstalled on Google Play after being removed in January 2021 in the aftermath of the US Capitol insurgency. According to a Google spokeswoman at the time, the app was removed due to a lack of “moderation norms and enforcement that eliminate egregious material such as postings that inspire violence.” Apple withdrew the app for identical reasons, but it was reinstalled earlier this month.

As implied by their statements, Parler and West saw the purchase as a benefit to free expression. However, if Parler enables racist, sexist, or anti-Semitic messages like the ones that got Kanye kicked from Twitter and Instagram, it may be banned from the App Store and Play Store again.