Spotify delete more than 70 episodes of the popular The Joe Rogan Experience podcast after pressure from the Obama family and The White House.
It looks like Spotify is preparing on removing Joe Rogan after the US government had made threats to possible censor and sanction the music streaming service for spreading “medical misinformation.” Their are currently 113 Joe Rogan episodes missing.
Sources inside Spotify informed Insider that former President Barack Obama, 60, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, 58, have threatened to end their contract and leave the platform if they do not remove/delete The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
The announcement comes as Spotify is facing controversy over Joe Rogan, the platform’s most popular podcaster, for allegedly spreading COVID-19 misinformation.
The Obamas announced a contract with Spotify in June 2019 to ‘create, produce, and contribute their voices’ to a number of podcasts that will be published on the music streaming service’s platform.
After the White House urged Spotify to revaluate their contract with Joe Rogan, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, was questioned about Spotify’s decision to add content advisories to COVID-19 content.
“This disclaimer, it’s a positive step, but we want every platform to be doing more to be calling out mis- and dis-information, while also uplifting accurate information,” Psaki says. “Ultimately, our view is that it is a positive step, but there is more that can be done.”
Did Spotify delete Joe Rogan podcast episodes?
Spotify have removed more than 70 episodes, and counting, of the Joe Rogan Experience after Barrack and Michelle Obama have threatened to leave the platform sparking fears that the company may be making those “positive steps” to get rid of, and ultimately censor, Joe Rogan.
A whole bunch of episodes were deleted from Spotify on February 5th, just one day after the Obamas condemned the platform for hosting the Joe Rogan Podcast. However, the real reason behind the mass deletion has not been confirmed by Rogan or Spotify. It is possible that the interviewees requested that their episodes to be pulled as a form of protest.
113 episodes may not seem like a lot considering that Joe Rogan has released 1771, but the timing is likely not a coincidence.
The last episode of The Joe Rogan Experience premiered yesterday, February 4th, and featured Andy Stumpf; a retired NAVY SEAL, recording-wingsuit pilot, BASE jumper and public speaker.