Updated Dec 1, 2022, 5:07pm EST
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Kanye West is no longer buying conservative "free speech" platform Parler


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Kanye West is no longer buying Parler, the conservative social media platform popular with supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

The company said Thursday that the deal, which was first announced in October, was terminated mid-November through a mutual agreement with West, who has legally changed his name to Ye.

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The news was announced hours after West, who said he is running for president in 2024, appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' InfoWars show and made a barrage of antisemitic statements, including praising Adolf Hitler.

Parler styles itself as a platform for "free speech" and is popular with social media users banned from Twitter. It was temporarily removed from Apple and Google's app stores following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol for not having proper content moderation practices.

Parler CEO George Farmer is married to conservative influencer and commentator Candace Owens, who is friends with West and has publicly defended him after his past antisemitic comments.