There’s little doubt in saying that Joe Rogan‘s ‘The Joe Rogan Experience‘ is arguably the most famous podcast in the world. Not just that, but it is so popular that it even has influenced elections in the past. However, despite the influence, Spotify has taken a different path compared to social media giants like Facebook and Twitter when it comes to censoring their content. The music streaming platform, which has exclusive rights to the distribution of Rogan’s podcast says that they will never censor his episodes.
Starting in 2009, The Joe Rogan Experience has acquired the status of a mammoth among influencers. His podcast deals with a wide variety of topics, ranging from politics to other social issues and sports. This makes him easily one of the most go-to podcasts in the world, suitable for all kinds of listeners. Furthermore, his recent deal with Spotify made his podcast grow exponentially. However, with such a huge platform, comes criticism as well.
In the past, many people from the left as well as from the right have criticized Joe Rogan for his words. They have landed him in hot water, such as his recent anti-vax comments and saying that white men are being silenced. Moreover, he also got a lot of backlash for inviting Alex Jones on his podcast, despite the InfoWars host being banned from all major platforms. Meanwhile, Spotify has also received criticism too, for removing 42 of his old podcast episodes. Those episodes were missing from his back catalog, with users accusing them of censorship. However, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has come out and refuted any such claims.
Spotify CEO clears the air, saying his platform has no responsibility to censor podcasts like Joe Rogan
In an interview with Axios, Ek clearly specified that he believes his streaming service has no “editorial responsibility” over podcasts. He emphasized:
Joe Rogan is just one out of eight million creators on the platform. We have a lot of really well-paid rappers on Spotify too that make tens of millions of dollars, if not more, each year from Spotify. And, we don’t dictate what they’re putting in their songs either.
This is a clear departure from the methods that mainstream social media sites are using. This includes Twitter, Facebook, and Google, which have often censored and removed users for posting sensitive content. With the gargantuan size of these platforms, people are beginning to question that should private corporations be allowed to police freedom of speech? Moreover, should these social media platforms even be given the same legal protections as other private corporations? As a result, Donald Trump has sued these platforms as well for removing his accounts. So, what are your thoughts on Spotify and its policy towards Joe Rogan? Let us know in the comments.