Spotify Establishes Safety Advisory Council Post Joe Rogan Controversy

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Spotify Establishes Safety Advisory Council Post Joe Rogan Controversy

By Movieguide® Staff

After backlash from people who called on Spotify to pull Joe Rogan and his podcast, THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE, from their platform, the company announced a new safety advisory council.

According to Spotify, the 18-member council wants to vet content on the platform while supporting “creator expression.”

Spotify’s Sarah Hoyle noted that the council is not a direct response to the allegations against Rogan.

According to a blog post, Spotify made the council to emphasize a safety-first model for its users.

“While Spotify has been seeking feedback from many of these founding members for years, we’re excited to further expand and be more transparent about our safety partnerships,” the company wrote. “In the months ahead, we will work closely with founding members to expand the council, with the goal of broadening regional and linguistic representation as well as adding additional experts in the equity and impact space.”

Movieguide® previously reported:

Currently, there’s a war of words between several entertainment figures, and at its core is the freedom of speech.

Joe Rogan, host of the top podcast on Spotify “The Joe Rogan Experience,” recently stirred up controversy on his show for interviewing an infectious disease specialist who opposes COVID-19 vaccines for children. Legendary folk and rock artist Neil Young responded by giving Spotify an ultimatum, accusing the streaming giant of “spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them.”

Spotify replied to the singer’s ultimatum, stating, “We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users with that comes great responsibility and balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators.”

In the end, Rogan remains on Spotify and Young exited with his music library and the support of his record label Warner Brothers-owned Reprise Records.