“Our view is it’s a—it’s a—it’s a good step, it’s a positive step, but there’s more that can be done,” said WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki, referring to the measures taken by the Spotify platform against Joe Rogan for his comments on the coronavirus.
Psaki’s comments come after Spotify announced Sunday that it will include a warning on all its content where COVID-19 is discussed. The platform’s decision came in response to attempts by progressives to cancel “The Joe Rogan Experience” program.
As El American previously explained, Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek said in a statement that they were working to add a content warning to any podcast episode that includes a discussion of the disease, in which he also details that he will publish the company’s broadcast rules.
Joe Rogan and Spotify
That’s not the platform’s first move to rein in Rogan’s show. In April 2021, it was reported that as many as 42 full episodes of the popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience were deleted from the platform.
El American’s Culture reporter, Ignacio M. García Medina, explained that the program is one of the podcasts with the largest audience in the world. “Hosted by Joe Rogan, a stand-up comedian, TV host, actor and UFC mixed martial arts commentator, the podcast began airing on YouTube in 2009, and by 2015 reached numbers in the millions of viewers per episode,” García Medina wrote.
He also recalled that “among the programs eliminated are those of guests with anti-left or pro-Republican ideas, as is the case of Gavin McInnes, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Owen Benjamin, and Eddie Bravo.”
“We will have to closely follow the development of Joe Rogan’s problems with Spotify, as it is one of the most influential opinion and outreach programs on the planet,” García Medina concluded.