The SPOTIFY’S head is behind Joe Rogan after the US podcaster star was embroiled in another online firestorm over the weekend.
CEO Daniel Ek yesterday said he “strongly” condemns the controversial comedian’s racial slurs and other comments but will not remove him from the platform.
However, 70 episodes of the “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast were quietly removed earlier on Sunday, another sign of Spotify’s confused stance on policing content on its platform.
Ek’s comment, sent in a letter to staff, follows Rogan, 54, in a crooked word for second time in a week.
The latest apology for his use of racial slurs after a montage video surfaced on social media showed him repeatedly using the N word.
Ek said Rogan decided to remove some of the previous episodes after discussions with the music streaming platform and his own reflections on some of the content on the show, including its use of language. racially insensitive.
“While I strongly condemn what Joe said… I want to make one thing clear that I don’t believe that keeping Joe quiet is the answer,” Ek said.
The 38-year-old Swede reiterated his stance on Spotify’s content moderation policies and said that he believes the company should have clear boundaries around published content.
The company should act when they’re overtaken, but he cautions that voice cancellation is a slippery slope.
The company will also commit $100 million to the licensing, development, and marketing of music and audio content from historically marginalized groups.
According to the letter, a Spotify spokesperson confirmed that the cash will be used to elevate creators from a variety of backgrounds.
Rogan is the most popular podcaster in the world with over 11 million listeners per episode.
The organizer signed a deal with Spotify last year worth a reported $100 million, giving the platform exclusive rights to distribute his show.
Artist India Arie has posted a compilation of podcasters who frequently use the n-word on her podcast.
The clip quickly went viral, with angry criticism on Twitter with comments as “vile” and “disgusting”.
Some called for the comedian to be removed from the platform, while others defended his actions and Spotify’s decision to protect him.
In his apology, Rogan said the footage shows him using the symbol in chats on shows over the past 12 years and includes examples of him discussing its use. it by black and white comedians and others.
“There are so many things from the old episodes of the podcast that I wish I hadn’t said, or had said otherwise. This is when I suffered the worst,” Rogan said.
Regarding the use of the N-word, Rogan called it “the most regretful and embarrassing thing I have ever had to say in public.”
“That’s not my word to use. I’m well aware of that now, but for years I used it that way.
“I’ve never used it to be racist because I’m not racist.”
A well-known mixed martial arts commentator and vaccine skeptic, Rogan has been controversial with his views on a COVID-19 vaccine, the pandemic, and the government’s mandate to control the spread of the virus. spread of the virus.
Popular singer-songwriters including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell say they’ve removed their music from Spotify to protest coronavirus misinformation aired on the platform.
The backlash against COVID-19 misinformation about the streaming service wiped more than $2 billion off its market value last week.
Spotify has said it will add a “content advisor” to any episode that discusses COVID-19.
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