Kanye West Censored by ‘Free Speech’ Platform He Praised

Two weeks ago, news broke that rapper Kanye West — now known as Ye — was planning to buy right-wing social media site Parler after he was temporarily banned from Instagram and Twitter for anti-Semitic posts.

Despite West’s move to the “free speech” site, however, it’s still not free of censors, as Parler slapped a West post with a content warning Friday afternoon.

In a “conversation” – the equivalent of a tweet – posted at midday, West wrote that he was “starting to think” that the term “anti-Semitic” was just a euphemism for the N-word.

Shortly after the message was sent, Parler covered West’s entire post on their platform’s Apple app.

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“Apple prohibits this content in IOS apps. Check it out in Parler for Web,” the notification implemented by Parler now reads. Specifically, the West post remains live on their website.

Much like Parler, Twitter removed an identical tweet West sent at noon Friday that included the N-word.

According to Apple’s developer guidelines, the company specifies that developers must ensure that their products are free of hate.

The manual has a section dedicated to describing “unacceptable content”. “Apps should not include content that is offensive, insensitive, disturbing, intended to disgust, in extremely bad taste, or just plain creepy,” the developer guide states.

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Representatives for Parler and an attorney for West did not immediately return The Daily Beast’s request for comment Friday night. In a press release following Parler’s purchase, West spoke highly of the site plagued by low engagement. “In a world where conservative views are considered controversial, we must ensure that we have the right to express ourselves freely,” he said.

Parler—once a MAGAworld favorite social media platform—has a long history of breaking Apple’s rules. After the riots at the Capitol on January 6, the app was removed from Apple’s app store for violating extremist content guidelines. More than a year later, the app was allowed to return to the app store after Parler placed guardrails on their site — but all the while, would-be users flocked to other right-wing alternatives, including Truth Social and Donald Trump’s Gettr.

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Parler covering West’s post on Friday didn’t go unnoticed by fellow social media platform adversary Gump — who once had a problem with the “pornbot” they accused a competitor of.

“Both Parler and Twitter are censoring Ye’s post lol,” they wrote.


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