Spotify has known as out Joe Rogan for “extremely hurtful” feedback, however they’re holding agency … he nonetheless has a spot on its platform.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wrote a memo to workers, saying, “There aren’t any phrases I can say to adequately convey how deeply sorry I’m for the way in which The Joe Rogan Expertise controversy continues to affect every of you.”
Ek then zeros in on Joe, saying, “Not solely are a few of Joe Rogan’s feedback extremely hurtful — I would like you to make it clear that they don’t symbolize the values of this firm. I do know this case leaves lots of you feeling drained, pissed off and unheard.”
It appears the feedback are directed at Rogan utilizing the n-word — the total phrase — on his podcast, though the COVID controversy could be a part of it.
After which, Ek pivots, explaining, “Whereas I strongly condemn what Joe has stated and I agree along with his resolution to take away previous episodes from our platform, I understand some will need extra.”
Now the assist … “And I wish to make one level very clear — I don’t imagine that silencing Joe is the reply. We should always have clear strains round content material and take motion when they’re crossed, however canceling voices is a slippery slope.”
Ek says his firm will make investments $100 million “for the licensing, improvement, and advertising of music and audio content material from traditionally marginalized teams.”
Too early to inform how this sits with the rank and file at Spotify.