Spotify Won’t Remove Joe Rogan…. But They Will Remove Russian News Outlets Over Disinformation Concerns

Normally, I would applaud Spotify for this:

Spotify has taken several steps in response to Russia’s military attack on Ukraine, including closing its offices in Russia “indefinitely.”

The company is not disabling access to its service within Russia. “We think it’s critically important to try to keep our service operational in Russia to allow for the global flow of information,” a Spotify representative said in a statement provided to Variety.

Like other internet platforms, Spotify has restricted the discoverability of Russian state-affiliated content on the streaming audio service. In addition, the company has removed all content from Kremlin-backed outlets RT and Sputnik from Spotify’s platform.

“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” the Spotify rep said. “Our first priority over the past week has been the safety of our employees and to ensure that Spotify continues to serve as an important source of global and regional news at a time when access to information is more important than ever.”

And while I will admit that Spotify doing all of the above is good as stopping disinformation is important. Why aren’t they taking the same view with Joe Rogan and everything he does?

Oh. Right. They paid him at least $200 million to attract new subscribers.

Call me a cynic, but I find the stance that they have taken on Russia incompatible with the stance on Joe Rogan if you look at it from a certain point of view. Sure we should see these as separate issues. But I’m human and I don’t. And I am going to go out on a limb and say that others will see this the same way.

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