On October 17, the social media platform Parler, which is primarily associated with a right-wing user base, announced that Kanye “Ye” West would buy the company. “In a world where conservative views are considered controversial, we need to ensure we have the right to express ourselves freely,” the “Flashing Lights” rapper said in a statement, via PR Newswire. The acquisition came on the heels of West being banned from other social networks. “When I got kicked off Instagram and Twitter at the time, I knew it was time to get my own platform,” he said. Bloomberg on October 17.
Although the purchase of Parler did not directly involve Candace Owens, it did involve her husband, George Farmer, who is the CEO of the company. Farmer believed that West’s acquisition of the social network was an innovative undertaking. “This deal will change the world and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” he said while appearing on “Fox Business,” via the daily mail. Owens’ husband advertised the hip-hop producer as a defender of the First Amendment. “He obviously is willing to have conversations that a lot of people want to have, and I think he’s trying to participate in the free speech environment,” Farmer said of West.
Even though West, whose net worth is estimated at $1.8 billion, could afford the deal, some outlets were puzzled by the acquisition, for Board. This led to a number of fans sharing a theory about how Owens was involved.
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