What happened to Joe Rogan's podcast? Show vanishes from Spotify app

Joe Rogan's Spotify podcast, 'The Joe Rogan Experience', is no longer available on the streaming app since Monday morning, February 21


                            What happened to Joe Rogan's podcast? Show vanishes from Spotify app
Actor, comedian and Ultimate Fighting Championship color commentator Joe Rogan arrives at the official Silver Star Casting Co. pre-party for UFC 116 at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino July 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/G
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The Joe Rogan Experience, the hugely popular Spotify podcast hosted by Joe Rogan, allegedly disappeared from the platform on Monday morning, on February 21. This has just added more questions about the flagship show's future after the 'Covid misinformation' controversy. The podcast has vanished from Spotify's Android as well as iOS mobile apps and the reason for the show's sudden disappearance is yet unclear. 

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However, this is not the first time the show has gone missing from the platform. Rogan's podcast was not available for a brief period of time on Friday last week but was restored soon after. Spotify stated that the cause of the outage was "technical issues". The online streaming service secured exclusive rights to Rogan’s podcast last year in a deal reported to be worth more than $100 million.

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Joe Rogan's podcast has lately been the subject of some criticism and controversy after listeners and other streamers pointed out that Rogan had been misinforming people about the Covid pandemic via his podcast. High profile artists like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell recently got their music taken down from the platform to protest against the “deadly misinformation about Covid” that Rogan spreads on 'The Joe Rogan Experience'. 

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“Spotify represents 60 per cent of the streaming of my music to listeners around the world. Yet my [record label] stood with me, recognising the threat the Covid misinformation on Spotify posed to the world — particularly for our young people who think everything they hear on Spotify is true. Unfortunately it is not,” Neil Young said on his website, talking about the discussions on Rogan's podcast. 

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Rogan had also earned some negative fame earlier after his use of some racially insensitive language. This eventually led to 70 old episodes of the podcast being removed from Spotify. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek defended the platform’s decision to continue hosting the JRE podcast in a letter to employees earlier this month, claiming that “cancelling voices is a slippery slope”.

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