UPDATE: This article has been updated to include comments from Parlement Technologies COO Josh Levine addressing the email.
Hours after the conservative social media platform Parler announced plans to be acquired by Kanye West, known legally as Ye, the company sent an email to hundreds of so-called VIP users that revealed their contact information.
The contact information of hundreds of “VIPs” were left visible to recipients of the message, which was obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, along with assurances that the company’s mission and customer service efforts were not going to be changed. The message appeared to reveal the contact information for notable conservative voices like Candace Owens, Andrew Wilkow and journalist Andy Ngo, as well as at more than a dozen accounts affiliated with the House and the Senate. (RELATED: Kanye West To Buy Parler)
“Our VIPs are an invaluable part of the Parler family and experience,” the company said to its users. “We appreciate all your support and partnership in the fight for free speech, and we look forward to your involvement in this monumental new chapter.”
Parler sent an email on this to *hundreds* of influencers this morning with the news but forgot to BCC and everyone is replying all. Off to a great start… https://t.co/alePpJULuk
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 17, 2022
“This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” said CEO George Farmer of Parlement Technologies, the parent company of Parler, in Monday’s announcement. “Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again.”
Following the incident, Josh Levine, COO of Parlement Technologies, sent an email to VIPs apologizing for the original email.
“Earlier today, we shared with you news about Ye’s intent to purchase Parler,” Levine wrote. “In the excitement, we inadvertently included your email address in the CC field instead of the BCC field. To say we’re highly embarrassed is an understatement.”
Levine noted that the email was only sent to a select few VIPs.
Parler did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
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