Joe Rogan’s podcast has become one of the most watched shows on Spotify since the platform added it to its lineup last year. It has also become one of the most controversial due to Rogan’s choice of guests and his own views. Spotify has no plans to do anything about it, however, because the company’s CEO doesn’t think the platform should have any say over podcasters’ content. When Axios asked Spotify CEO Daniel Eck in an interview if the company should be responsible for editing podcasts like Rogan. Ek responded that Rogan is just one of many content creators.
Axios noted that Rogan may be just one of them, but he is also one of the best paid. Ek responded, however, that rappers make tens of millions of dollars from the platform, but Spotify also doesn’t dictate what they can add to their songs. Rogan signed a $ 100 million deal with the audio streaming service in May 2020 to Joe Rogan’s Experience is available to Spotify listeners. By the end of the year, the podcast had become exclusive to Spotify.
According to Wall street journal In a report last year, Spotify employees raised concerns about content on its podcast that they felt was anti-trans. Rogan has guessed several controversial figures on the show since his debut on the platform. Among them Abigail Schrier, author of the book Irreversible damage: transgender madness seduces our daughters, and InfoWars owner Alex Jones, who spread coronavirus misinformation on a podcast. More recently, Rogan said he didn’t think people should get the COVID-19 vaccine, although he backed down and told the listeners don’t take his advice lightly.
Spotify’s latest earnings report said Rogan’s podcast “exceeded expectations.” Clearly all he does is get people to tune in to it, so the company probably sees no reason to get involved.
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