Earlier this month, Young issued an ultimatum to Spotify, demanding that the company de-platform Rogan for spreading “COVID-19 misinformation” or remove his music from the platform. Spotify chose Rogan, removing all of Young’s music from its website and app.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has thus far refused to agree to de-platforming Rogan, arguing that though he disagrees with some of the things that have been said on Rogan’s immensely popular podcast, “silencing” Rogan is not the answer.
“We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope,” Ek wrote in a memo to employees.
Young responded to Ek’s comments by claiming that Ek, not Rogan, is the real “problem.”
“To the workers at Spotify, I say Daniel Ek is your big problem – not Joe Rogan. Ek pulls the strings,” Young said this week.
“Get out of that place before it eats up your soul. The only goals stated by Ek are about numbers – not art, not creativity,” Young said.
Rogan’s podcast has come under fire from leftists like Young because he often invites controversial guests and discusses opinions that run counter to the mainstream narrative. Recently, for example, he posted an episode with epidemiologist Dr. Robert Malone, who says he helped create the mRNA technology used in two of the COVID-19 vaccines.
During their conversation, Malone blasted COVID policies and said it is immoral for governments to mandate the vaccines.
Malone’s comments have been smeared as “COVID-19 misinformation” by the Left. As a result, Spotify agreed to include a content warning on all “The Joe Rogan Experience” episodes that have to do with COVID-19.