Update on campaign to axe Joe Rogan from Spotify

Update on campaign to axe Joe Rogan from Spotify. By Anne Steele.

Spotify Technology SA is publishing its content policy and creating a Covid-19 information hub in response to a growing chorus of artists and podcasters speaking out against Joe Rogan. …

Uh oh:

Spotify isn’t at this time removing any of Mr. Rogan’s episodes that detractors have highlighted in recent weeks as spreading what they deem misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. …

The censors:

Folk-rocker Neil Young last week kicked off a groundswell of protest against Spotify after he took down his music from the service and accused Joe Rogan of spreading misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” Mr. Young wrote in a letter he posted on his website. Spotify struck a deal with Mr. Rogan in 2020 worth more than $100 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

Since then, folk singer Joni Mitchell and rocker Nils Lofgren have joined him in removing their music, they said.

Joni Mitchell, worth $100m. She should decide what news you can access.

Podcaster and professor Brené Brown said she wouldn’t produce more for the service “until further notice,” and Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said co-founders at its Archewell Productions last April began expressing concerns to Spotify “about the all too real consequences of Covid-19 misinformation on its platform.” …

As of Sunday, Spotify is beginning to tag Covid-19-related content with an advisory prompting users to check out the service’s new “hub for data-driven facts and up-to-date information” from the health and scientific communities.

Brett Weinstein:

These artists have a right to remove content in protest. But make no mistake, their intent is to force Spotify to censor Joe Rogan so that you and I can no longer choose for ourselves whether to listen.

They’re on the wrong side of history. Truth persuades. It doesn’t coerce. …

It’s amazing how many people would prefer to coerce others than to tolerate the freedom of others in exchange for their own. …

Joe is a singular point of failure for narrative control. As they marginalize every other such voice, people flock to Rogan. Shutting Joe down — and preventing future Joes by threatening platforms — is about protecting power from scrutiny. Permanently.