It has just emerged that Spotify has been quietly deleting "controversial" episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience...
Forty-two of them, to be precise.
Scroll on to find out why...
Now, Spotify users far and wide were delighted when Rogan announced his move over to the platform last year.
In May 2020, the podcast giant wrote to his 12.3 million Instagram followers:
"Announcement: the podcast is moving to @spotify! Starting on September 1 the podcast will be available on Spotify as well as all platforms, and then at the end of the year it will move exclusively to Spotify, including the video version."
Rogan explained that Spotify hadn't taken any creative control over his podcast...
Before adding that "they want me to just continue doing it the way I'm doing it right now."
He concluded his announcement with:
"I'm excited to have the support of the largest audio platform in the world and I hope you folks are there when we make the switch!"
It was reported that Spotify had paid an eyewatering sum of $100 million for the podcast, as per Forbes Magazine.
But, evidently, it was a wise investment.
In December, it was announced that The Joe Rogan Experience was Spotify's most popular podcast.
As part of its end-of-year Wrapped campaign, the streaming service explained that, after making its debut, the podcast quickly rocketed to the top of the service's podcast rankings and, in just 3 months, had become the most popular audio show of 2020 among its global listenership.
But now, just months on from that exciting news...
New, somewhat less savory reports have been trickling in.
It has emerged that Spotify has been quietly deleting some of the JRE podcast episodes.
Forty-two of them, to be precise.
Some episodes cited by Variety seem to contain controversial content.
Of course, disgruntled Roganites have had a lot to say about the news...
Joe sold his soul, and that hurts.— Lucca Huguet (@luccahuguet) April 8, 2021
Messed up stuff...— Exrockectfuelhandler (@SpiritofRacerX) April 7, 2021
Who could have seen this coming🙄— Analytical Badger (@BadgerStats) April 8, 2021
Spotify apparently doesn't realize that many people subscribe to their app because of Joe Rogan. I will delete Spotify from my phone as soon as Joe Rogan's catalog is significantly reduced.— Mark Larsson (@peabarter) April 7, 2021
Prayers for Joe 🙏— Tomás Velez (@thisoneguy81) April 7, 2021
Right. We’ll just censor the conversations those with the power button find unreasonable. Great idea!— RationalMindClub (@TimBedore) April 7, 2021
Joe, you can always go back to YouTube. We'd still watch you :)— Alyssa Clenuar (@aleesareeka) April 7, 2021
Would love to see Joe back on YouTube. Spotify is a pain.— Stan Burman (@StanBurman) April 7, 2021
Ugh not surprised. Spotify is shifty.— Mia Bella Sesso (@miabellasesso) April 7, 2021
So, which episodes have been removed?
Well, the episodes that have been removed all include interviews with far-right figures such as former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, and Proud Boys founder, Gavin McInnes.
4 episodes with comedian, Chris D'Elia, who last year was accused of "grooming" underage girls and soliciting child p**nography, have also been taken off the platform.
And, on top of that, 3 episodes with Bulletproof Coffee founder, Dave Asprey were deleted from the platform, DMN reported. Asprey, who refers to himself as the "father of biohacking," developed a high-fat diet that has been criticized for being "unscientific."
Though Rogan himself was apparently aware of Spotify's stance on some of his episodes.
"There were a few episodes they didn't want on their platform, and I was like 'OK, I don't care,'" Rogan said last year, as per DMN.
Spotify are yet to comment on their decision.