On October 18, Kanye West and the parent company of conservative social network Parler announced “a major agreement in the media space in favor of free speech”. Indeed, Kanye bought Parler, one of America's New Right Twitter clones.
Since the takeover, and especially since his temporary or almost permanent suspensions from Twitter and Instagram, Kanye West seems to be taking full advantage of the “paradise” for freedom of expression that the Parler social network wants to be (i.e. posting even more comments to trends anti-Semitic) without having to pay the price and the consequences.
An example of a publication that led to a suspension of Kanye West by a social network (here Twitter): an anti-Semitic message addressed to Mark Zuckerberg.
A discovery of Kanye's behavior on the alt-right site also allows us to better understand how it works and especially to see if this takeover has a potential other than simply media.
Anti-Semitic “Parley” on Anti-Semitic “Parley”
Rolling Stone went there for an article. We also did the same to see if “Ye” would stick to his words after he apologized to the Jewish people for breaking his contract with Adidas.
Going back to the date of his second suspension, we actually see that he simply shared the same post that got him banned, a screenshot of a conversation with Russell Simmons where West says he wants stay in America to rebuild his empire in order to “convince Jewish businessmen to make contracts fair. Or die trying.”
The resumption of the anti-Semitic post at the source of its recent temporary suspension on Instagram, by Kanye West on Parler.
In a follow-up post, West then lashed out at his former lawyer Bob Cohen and his Jewish business practices in response to his former partner allegedly telling him that if he continued with that kind of talk, he could run. the risk of losing joint custody of his children.
Two posts with anti-Semitic tendencies on the part of Kanye West on Parler, here against his former lawyer Robert Cohen.
West added then that when he opposes Jewish business practices, “he says what everyone is thinking in a whisper” and that “Jesus is king.” We can also see in the comments some accounts “approving” the rapper's anti-Semitic remarks.
Another very tendentious publication from Kanye West, and comments being just as much in response to this one.
The string of posts also included a literal definition of anti-Semitism, a disappointing message to Q-Tip, the MC of legendary band A Tribe Called Quest, and messages insults against personalities like Maverick Carter or former NBA player Stephen Jackson.
Row of posts from Kanye West on Parler.
Ensuring relevance to the platform: difficult mission
As Politico reminds us, if Kanye's arrival on the platform was seen as something miraculous, able to allow him to continue his expansion in the American conservative ecosystem, the fact remains that the platform has structural problems and that the “safe space” that Parler offers is also a reason for many advertisers or hosts to flee any collaboration with the network.
As a reminder, the application has been temporarily banned from Android and Apple application stores due to the exponential and unrestrained multiplication of hateful and anti-Semitic content. This forced the then parent company to change its moderation policy.
Additionally, the network is struggling to create an image of a stronghold in the right-wing ecosystem with just 1.2 million in September according to the same Politico article, compared to 8.9 million visits for the Truth. Donald Trump's Social.
Finally, the network has only 40,000 active users per day, unlike Twitter and its 237 million active users per day.
The new owner will have to build on its numbers to offer an alternative to Twitter, and even Truth Social, in the online microblogging ecosystem.
And Quebecers on Parler?
Our stroll on the social network alt-right Parler did not allow us to meet several profiles of personalities from the Quebec conservative and conspiratorial sphere. The content on this site is mainly American and intended for an English-speaking readership.
In fact, the site is no longer really active for this fringe of its members who seem to have deserted it. For example, Alexis Cossette-Trudel, the Radio-Québec conspirator, hasn't shared any content for a year.
The account of Alexis Cossette-Trudel, notorious conspiracy theorist, on Parler.
Only one French-speaking Quebec blogger by the name of “Soshin” (and Nancy) seem to be active, posting content linking to his personal site with Buddhist and New Age-leaning writing, or memes.
A screenshot of the Talk page of this Quebec blogger.
A notorious French-speaking conspirator, Sylvie Fourcade, continues to publish at regular intervals.
An example of post conspiracy by Sylvie Fourcade.
It's because many members of the “alt-right” and “conspi” sphere in Quebec have migrated to platforms, which are more visited and less attentive to their comments, such as Gab, Odyssee, Telegram … and YouTube, as explained by our colleague Francis Pilon in an article dedicated to a conspirator who raised $60,000 in one month.
The account of the American conspirator linked to the coup attempt and the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 , Ali Alexander.
As for the stars of Trumpism and the American right, if certain personalities like Ali Alexander above, one of the organizers of the demonstrations of January 5, 2021 in Washington D.C. having evolved into an assault on the Capitole the next day, continue to publish on Parler, most of the accounts of the great figures of this movement have not published on the platform for 1 year or more.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128