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SPOTIFY CEO HITS BACK AT CALLS TO “CANCEL” JOE ROGAN AMID JRE RACISM CONTROVERSY

WHAT HAPPENED?

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek sent a letter to employees on February 6 apologizing for Joe Rogan’s “hurtful” comments.

However, he refused to cancel him, saying it isn’t the answer.

- DANIEL EK

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We’ve had conversations with Joe and his team about some of the content in his show, including his history of using some racially insensitive language. Following these discussions and his own reflections, he chose to remove a number of episodes from Spotify.

- DANIEL EK

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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 answer.

Ek admitted the company needs to have “clear lines” around content and “take action” when those lines are crossed.

Ek revealed the company will soon invest $100 million to promote “the licensing, development, and marketing of music and audio content from historically marginalized groups.”