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Everything About Spotify And Joe Rogan Covid Controversy

Popular US podcaster Joe Rogan who is known to be a prominent vaccine skeptic has ignited huge controversy with his views on the Coronavirus pandemic. He also expressed his views on covid vaccines and steps taken by the government to control the rapid spread of the virus.

Rogan who is the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience” has reportedly made several false and inaccurate assertions about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines.

Rogan has been reprimanded severely not only by his fellow podcast hosts but also by doctors, musicians, and many others for spreading false information about Coronavirus.

Here is all that you need to know about the whole controversy sparked up surrounding Joe Rogan’s misinformation in his podcast on COVID-19. Keep going!

Joe Rogan’s Spotify Controversy Over COVID-19 Misinformation

Rogan took to the social media platform Instagram to respond to the controversy surrounding him in a video and clarified that he was not trying to promote misinformation. He admitted that he got things wrong many times and he always tried to correct them.

Rogan posted the video with the caption, “My thoughts on the latest controversy with @spotify. I just realized “Chuckie’s in love” is Ricky Lee Jones not Joni Mitchell. Doh!”

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Joe Rogan has tendered an apology against COVID-19 misinformation in his program after facing severe backlash, saying, “If I pissed you off, I’m sorry. I will do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people’s perspectives so we can maybe find a better point of view.”

Famous American actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson came out in support of Rogan saying, “Great stuff here brother. Perfectly articulated. Look forward to coming on one day and breaking out the tequila with you.”

Spotify signed an exclusive deal with Rogan in 2020 for multi-years that was worth approximately $100 million.

According to the contours of the deal, the streaming platform will become the exclusive distributor of Rogan’s show, which he used to host on video-sharing social media platform YouTube earlier.

More than 3.6 million podcasts are streaming on Swedish audio streaming and media services provider Spotify. Many of these podcasts reflect divisive viewpoints on a wide range of topics.

Here is what the Spotify CEO has to say on this whole episode!

Finally, Spotify has decided to break its silence on the issue on 31st Jan. Spotify also published detailed information titled, “Spotify’s Platform Rules and Approach to COVID-19.”

On 2nd February, Spotify Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Ek addressed the controversy regarding podcast presenter Joe Rogan, clarifying that the company follows uniform rules for all its creators and Rogan is no different. If he is found to be in violation of the guidelines of the company then Spotify will penalize him.

Ek clarified that Spotify is also publishing rules for using its platform by creators saying, “While Joe has a massive audience — he’s the No. 1 podcast in more than 90 markets — he also has to abide by those policies. We don’t change our policies based on one creator. It is important to me that we don’t take on the position of being content censor while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them.”

Reacting to the news, the streaming company’s shares fell by more than 14% on New York Stock Exchange in today’s trading on 3rd February at the time of writing this article.

Ek said that Rogan’s podcast was very popular in more than 90 countries in a conference call held with its investors.

Chief executive Daniel Ek told investors, “Usually when we’ve had controversies in the past, those are measured in months, not days. We don’t change our policies based on one creator, nor do we change based on any media cycle or calls from anyone else”.

What happened after Joe Rogan’s controversial remarks?

Spotify is facing a mass exodus of music artists protesting misinformation about Coronavirus and Vaccines on Joe Rogan’s immensely popular podcast.

However, more artists have not pulled out of Spotify for many possible reasons like a stew of political hesitancies, complications about music ownership, and of course the business incentives of staying connected on the platform.

The issue is very tricky too, as the debate over misinformation, free speech, music rights, and the role played by the company in the field of music. Even though many musicians make a major portion of their money in touring the royalty checks from Spotify just can’t be ignored.

A famous American actress and winner of the Nobel Peace Summit Award, Sharon Stone,  known for her work in fighting against infectious disease, AIDS, said that she is planning to cancel her Spotify accounts to show solidarity.

Stone said, “Mr. Rogan is risking people’s lives with his idiocy and his professing that his thoughts about COVID are opinions. They aren’t opinions. COVID and infectious disease are science, and they are fact-based situations.”

She added, “So the pretense that these are opinions is dangerous, and his behavior is dangerous. And so the pretense that these are opinions and that he should put a disclaimer… he should put a disclaimer that he’s an asshole.”

Why are artists leaving the streaming platform?

Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and guitarist Nils Lofgren made an announcement last week that they were removing their music off the platform until the time the company addresses the issue of misinformation on the show.

An American member of the British royal family and a former actress Meghan Markle and Duke of Sussex, a member of the British royal family, Prince Harry also issued a statement saying they are concerned about some misinformation on the platform without directly naming Joe Rogan. They both have signed an exclusive deal with Spotify.

Mary Trump, the niece of former US President Donald Trump, confirmed that she has deleted her podcast from the streaming platform Spotify.

Mary tweeted, “Spotify should get rid of Joe Rogan’s show not just because he spreads COVID disinformation but because he is a racist. It’s yet another reason for us to #DeleteSpotify. Check out my new podcast–available everywhere you listen–except Spotify”.

Brené Brown, best-selling U.S. professor and author who is also the host of the exclusive podcasts “Unlocking Us” and “Dare to Lead” on Spotify said that she has decided not to release any podcasts until further notice.

Well, we will be updating you with the latest developments on this whole story as we need to wait and watch how it is going to unfold in the days ahead! Stay tuned!

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