Spotify CEO says Rogan will not be silenced over racial slurs

Spotify has been embroiled in controversy over its use of Joe Rogan’s former N word and allegations of misrepresentation of Covid-19. (Photo: AFP)

Spotify has been embroiled in controversy over its use of Joe Rogan’s former N word and allegations of misrepresentation of Covid-19. (Photo: AFP)

Head of the music streaming giant Spotify Daniel Ek condemned the podcaster Joe Rogan‘S used racial slurs but insisted that silencing him was not the answer. EkComments of, in a letter sent to the officers received AFP Monday marks the latest development in the ongoing line-up about the streaming service and its flagship player, and he recently faced a barrage of criticism for his misrepresentation of Kovid-19 on his podcast. On Saturday, Rogan apologized for using racist language, including the “N word” before, and after a compilation video called it “the most regrettable and embarrassing thing I have ever had to speak in public.” He rose to use the term.

“Although I strongly condemn what Joe said … I want to make one thing clear – I do not believe the answer is to silence Joe,” Ek wrote in the letter. “We need to have clear lines about the content and take action when they are overridden, but canceling sounds is a slippery slope.”

Ek added that he agreed with Rogan’s decision to remove previous episodes of his show from the platform, emphasizing that Spotify has a special licensing agreement with him but the company is not its publisher.

In addition, Ek added, “Spotify is investing $ 100 million more in music and audio content from historically marginalized groups (artists and songwriters).”

Rogan himself has said that he has used “N Walk” for 12 years – as highlighted in the compilation video – which sounds “terrible even to me”. He said he believed people would understand his actions as long as he used the word in context. “I never used it racially because I’m not racist,” he said.

Shares of Spotify fell sharply on Thursday amid controversy over Rogan’s show, which is gaining 11 million listeners per episode.

The line comes after music legends Neil Young, Johnny Mitchell and other artists demanded that their songs be removed from the platform, either directly for spreading false information about Kovid-19 and vaccinations, or in protest against Rogan. Through the guests he interviews on his show.

In response, at the end of January Spotify announced that it would add advice to any podcast episode that discusses Kovid-19, leading audiences to a “dedicated Kovid-19 hub” with facts, scientists and up-to-date information from public health authorities.

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