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    <br>Joe Rogan has promoted COVID misinformation and used racist language on his podcast.<br>
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    Joe Rogan and his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, are at the center of growing concerns over and the host’s use of . This has put pressure on , the music streaming service that signed the comedian to a . <br>In January, rock legend Neil Young pulled his music from Spotify over objections to false claims about on Rogan’s popular podcast. Some other artists joined the boycott, but backlash grew last week when a compilation video of Rogan using a racial slur on numerous past episodes began circulating on social media.<br><br>On Sunday, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek also confirmed that Rogan chose to remove multiple episodes of his popular podcast from the streaming service after the company’s leadership discussed his use of “racially insensitive language,” according to a memo sent to employees. <br><br>Spotify is grappling with a dilemma that many internet giants like and YouTube face: balancing freedom of expression and 인스타 팔로워 늘리기 effective moderation of objectionable content on their platforms. Spotify views Rogan as a key component to its growth as an audio platform, and the comedian has said being able to express himself is one of the reasons he moved his podcast to the streaming serv<br>br>Rogan had posted an apology to early Saturday, saying he “wasn’t trying to be racist” and agreeing that he shouldn’t use such slurs, regardless of the context. On his most recent podcast episode, posted Tuesday, Rogan said the backlash was a “political hit job” but added that it was a “relief” to address comments he regrets mak<br>br>Here’s what you need to know about the Joe Rogan and Spotify controv<br>. Why were episodes of Rogan’s podcast removed from Spotify?<br>/h2>Videos of Rogan using racial slurs on past episodes went viral on social media at the end of January. This was layered on top of a growing musician boycott over concerns that Rogan’s podcast serves as a platform for COVID misinformation. The hashtags and began trending on as some people called for the removal of Rogan’s podcast. A consumer poll from Feb. 1 found 19, uses Spotify’s API to compare available episodes to a database of all episodes recorded. A total of 113 episodes of Rogan’s podcast were shown to be removed: 42 happened last year when Rogan moved his show to Spotify. The other 71 were deleted on Feb. 4 without explanation at the<br>br>Ek sent a memo to Spotify employees about the development on Feb. 6. He confirmed that Rogan chose to remove multiple episodes of his podcast from the streaming service. This came after Spotify’s leadership spoke to the comedian about his use of “racially insensitive lang<br>br>CNET couldn’t confirm a link between the circulating videos and the episodes that were removed from Sp<br>br>”Some of Joe Rogan’s comments [are] incredibly hurtful — I want to make clear that they do not represent the values of this company,” Ek wrote in the memo, which was provided Monday by a company spokeswoman. “While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear — I do not believe that silencing Joe is the an<br>br>Ek went on to say the company will invest $100 million — the same amount paid to Rogan for exclusivity rights — for the “licensing, development, and marketing of music (artists and songwriters) and audio content from historically marginalized groups. This will dramatically increase our efforts in these ar<br>” What has Joe Rogan said about thi<br>/h2>Rogan uploaded a video to his Instagram account on Feb. 5, the day after the podcast episodes were removed, in which he talked about his use of racial slurs and apologized for his acti<br>br>”I certainly wasn’t trying to be racist,” he said, “and I certainly would never want to offend someone for entertainment with so at Johns Hopkins Unive<br>br>On Jan. 12, 인스타 팔로워 늘리기 250 doctors, professors and researchers signed an , in particular Rogan’s podcast. Since then, more than 1,000 additional medical professionals have signed <br>br>tter. After coming across the letter, singer-songwriter Young, who rose to fame in the 1960s and ’70s, made an ultimatum to Spotify on Jan. 24: either Rogan goes or his music goes. He removed his music from the service <br>br>. 27. Other music artists joined Young in a boycott of the service<br>cluding: Bruce Springsteen E Street Band member .Singer and songwriter .<br>The members of the folk rock trio Crosby, Stills and Nash (that is, and ).  <br>>The controversy escalated when Grammy-winning singer Arie joined the boycott, saying she found Rogan problematic, not just for his interviews around COVID, but also his language <br>nd race. Is Spotify doing anything about COVID misinformation on its <br>tform?Following the musicians’ protest over COVID misinformation, in a blog post on Jan. 30, saying his company doesn’t want to be a “content censor” but will make sure that its rules are easy to find and that there are consequences for spreading misinformation. He acknowledged that Spotify hasn’t been transparent about them, which led to questions about their application to serious issues includ<br>br>VID-19.”Based on the feedback over the last several weeks, it’s become clear to me that we have an obligation to do more to provide balance and access to widely accepted information from the medical and scientific communities guiding us through this unprecedented ti<br>br>k said.Included in the post was a link to detailing what content isn’t allowed on the service. Regarding COVID misinformation, the rules specifically prohibit saying that COVID-19 isn’t real, encouraging the consumption of bleach to cure diseases, 인스타 팔로워 늘리기 saying vaccines lead to death and suggesting people get infected in order <br>br>ld immunity. Ek also said the company is working on a content advisory for any podcast episode that talks about COVID. The advisory will guide listeners to the service’s .In a Feb. 2 company town hall, Ek told Spotify employees that Rogan’s podcast was key to the future of Spotify, according to audio obtained by . “If we want even a shot at achieving our bold ambitions, it will mean having content on Spotify that many of us may not be proud to be associated with,” Ek said during the town hall. “Not anything goes, but there will be opinions, ideas and beliefs that we disagree with strongly and even mak<br>br>angry or sad.”Spotify employees were reportedly disappoi<br>br>y his remarks.In an Instagram post on Jan. 30, Rogan defended his choice to bring on guests like Malone but said he was happy for Spotify to add disclaimers to podcasts on what he called “controversial” topics. He added that if he could do anything differently, it would be to get experts with differing opinions on directly after “c<br>oversial ones.” Who else had something to s<br>about this? The White House chimed in on Spotify’s move to add misinformation warnings to podcast episodes. In a Feb. 1 press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if tech companies should go further than <br>br>disclaimers. “Our hope Is that all major tech platforms, and all major news sources for that matter, be responsible and be vigilant to ensure the American people have access to accurate information on something as significant as COVID-19. That certainly includes Spotify,” Psaki said. “So this disclaimer, it’s a positive step, but we want every platform to continue doing more to call out misinformation and disinformation while also uplifting acc<br>e information.” 

    White House press sec. Jen Psaki says Spotify adding content advisories to COVID-19 podcasts “a positive step, but we wa— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics)

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    Psaki also referred to from last July about the dangers of misinformation, calling <br>br>”urgent threat.”Rumble, a video streaming service known for being a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories, offered Rogan the same amount of money he received from his deal with Spotify. In a from the company, CEO Chris Pavlovski said he’d offer $100 million over the course of four years if Rogan brought hi<br>br>ast to Rumble. “This is our chance to save the world,” Pavlovski said in a letter to Rogan. “And yes, th<br>s totally legit.” 

    Hey , we are ready to fight alongside you. See the note from our CEO … — Rumble (@rumblevideo)

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    Former President Donald Trump posted a message on saying Rogan shouldn’t apolo<br>br>or what he said. “How many ways can you say you’re sorry,” the former president wrote Monday. “Joe, just go about what you do so well and don’t let them make you l<br>weak and frightened.”

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