What the social network Parler has looked like since the Kanye West acquisition

What the social network Parler has looked like since the Kanye West acquisition

** Warning: some comments transcribed in this article may be shocking. **

On October 18, Kanye West and the parent company of the conservative social network Parler announced “a major deal in the media space for free speech.” In fact, Kanye bought Parler, one of America’s New Right Twitter clones.

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Since the acquisition, and especially since his temporary or near-permanent suspensions from Twitter and Instagram, Kanye West seems to be making the most of the free speech “paradise” that the social network Parler wants to be (i.e. posting even more comments on anti-Semitic tendencies) without having to pay the price and the consequences.


An example of a post that got Kanye West banned by a social network (here Twitter): an anti-Semitic message directed at Mark Zuckerberg.

Twitter screenshot.

An example of a post that got Kanye West banned by a social network (here Twitter): an anti-Semitic message directed at 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 any potential other than just media.

Anti-Semitic “Parliament” on Anti-Semitic “Parliament”

Rolling Stone went there for an article. We also did the same thing to see if “Ye” was going to keep his word after he apologized to the Jewish people for breaching his contract linking him to 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 to stay in America to rebuild his empire in order to ” convince Jewish businessmen to make fair contracts, or die trying.


The resumption of the antisemitic post in the source of his recent temporary suspension on Instagram, by Kanye West in Parler.

Screenshot @Ye / Chat

The resumption of the antisemitic post in the source of his recent temporary suspension on Instagram, by Kanye West in Parler.

In a follow-up post, West later lashed out at his former attorney Bob Cohen and his Jewish business practices in response to his former partner allegedly telling him that if he continued that kind of conversation, he could risk losing the joint. custody of her children.


Two posts with anti-Semitic tendencies by Kanye West in Parler, here against his former lawyer Robert Cohen.

Screenshot @Ye / Chat

Two posts with anti-Semitic tendencies by Kanye West in Parler, here against his former lawyer Robert Cohen.

West then added that when he opposes Jewish business practices, he “says what everyone thinks in a whisper” and that “Jesus is king.” We can also see in the comments some accounts that “approve” of the rapper’s anti-Semitic comments.


Another very biased post from Kanye West, and comments in response to this one as well.

Screenshot @Ye / Chat

Another very biased post from Kanye West, and comments in response to this one as well.

The string of posts also included a literal definition of anti-Semitism, a message of disappointment to the attention of Q-Tip, the MC of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, and messages of insults against personalities such as Maverick Carter or former NBA player Stephen. Jackson.


Row of Kanye West posts at Parler.

Screenshot @Ye / Chat

Row of Kanye West posts at Parler.

Ensuring the relevance of the platform: difficult mission

As Politico reminds us, if Kanye’s arrival on the platform was seen as something miraculous, capable of allowing him to continue his expansion in the US conservative ecosystem, the truth is that the platform has structural problems and that the “safe space” offered by Parler it is also a reason for many advertisers or hosts to flee from any collaboration with the network.

As a reminder, the app has been temporarily banned from the Android and Apple app stores due to the exponential and rampant multiplication of hateful and anti-Semitic content. This forced the then parent company to change its policy of moderation.

Additionally, the network struggles to create an image of a bastion in the right-wing ecosystem with just 1.2 million views in September according to the same Politico article, compared to 8.9 million views for Donald Trump’s Truth Social.


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Finally, the network has only 40,000 active users per day, unlike Twitter and its 237 million active users per day.

It is on its figures that the new owner will have to build to offer an alternative to Twitter, and even Truth Social, in the online microblogging ecosystem.

What about Quebecers at Parler?

Our walk through the far-right social network Parler did not allow us to meet several profiles of personalities from the conservative and conspiratorial sphere of Quebec. The content on this site is primarily American and is intended for English-speaking readers.

In fact, the site is no longer really active for this fringe of its members who seem to have abandoned it. For example, Alexis Cossette-Trudel, the Radio-Québec conspirator, has not shared any content for a year.


Notorious conspiracy theorist Alexis Cossette-Trudel's account of Parler.

Screenshot @RadioQuébec / Chat

Notorious conspiracy theorist Alexis Cossette-Trudel’s account of Parler.

Only one French-speaking Quebecois blogger by the name of “Soshin” (and Nancy) appears to be active, posting content that references his personal site to New Age and Buddhist-leaning writing, or memes.


A screenshot of this Quebec blogger's talk page.

Screenshot @lesoshin / Discussion

A screenshot of this Quebec blogger’s talk page.

A notorious French-speaking conspirator, Sylvie Fourcade, continues to post at regular intervals.


An example of Sylvie Fourcade's post conspiracy.

Screenshot @sylviefourcade / Talk

An example of Sylvie Fourcade’s post conspiracy.

This is because many members of the “alt-right” and “conspi” spheres in Quebec have migrated to platforms that are more visited and less attentive to their comments, such as Chat, Odyssey, Telegram … Y Youtubeas our colleague Francis Pilon explained 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 assault on the Capitol of January 6, 2021, Ali Alexander.

Screenshot @Ali / Discussion

The account of the American conspirator linked to the coup attempt and the assault on the Capitol of 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 January 5, 2021 demonstrations in Washington DC that turned into an assault on Capitol Hill the next day, continue to publish In Parler, most of the accounts of the great figures of this movement have not been published on the platform for a year or more.


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