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Kanye West agrees to buy right-wing platform Parler

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has agreed to buy the self-styled “uncancellable” social-media platform Parler, the company has announced.

Last week, the star’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were locked, after he posted anti-Semitic messages.

Parler has surged in popularity among US conservatives as the more mainstream platforms crack down on misinformation.

Ye “will never have to fear being removed from social media again”, chief executive George Farmer posted.

‘Express ourselves’

The announcement, on PR Newswire reveals little about the terms of the deal.

It says: “Under the terms of their agreement in principle, the parties intend to enter into a definitive purchase agreement and expect to close during the fourth quarter of 2022.”

The deal will include “ongoing technical support” from the company, it adds.

BBC News has asked Parler for more information about the “agreement in principle”.

Ye – who changed his name in 2021 – wrote: “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves.”

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