Spotify Removes 113 Joe Rogan Podcast Episodes

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The Facts

  • Spotify reportedly removed 113 episodes of the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast over the weekend.

  • This comes after a compilation video of Rogan and his guests using racial slurs circulated last week.


The Spin

Narrative A

Not only has Rogan spread dangerous misinformation about COVID that could endanger people's lives, the compilation of racist slurs confirms why musicians were right to start boycotting Spotify. The streaming service is simply virtue signalling as it continues to put profit over public health.

Narrative B

Rogan facilitates a crucially needed public debate and has had guests from various points of view. The compilation is comprised of out-of-context clips, most of which are from over 10 years ago, and Rogan has apologized.

Nerd narrative

There's a 33% probability that Rogan will leave Spotify within a year, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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