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Wed Apr 28, 2021, 02:12 PM

Spotify CEO stands by anti-vax propagandist, podcast host Rogan [View all]

Joe Rogan spread anti-vaccine misinformation. Spotify's CEO is standing behind him
- CNN Business
By Kerry Flynn -- Updated 11:55 AM ET, Wed April 28, 2021

New York (CNN Business) Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is standing behind and promoting his company's top podcast host, Joe Rogan, even after Rogan spread anti-vaccine misinformation on-air.

Rogan said in a recent episode of his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience," that healthy young people should not get the Covid vaccine, a statement that stands in contrast to all credible public health advice. When Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw asked Ek about those comments on Wednesday, Ek declined to address them directly.

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Rogan broadcast his anti-vaccine message at a point in the Covid-19 pandemic in which more younger people are getting hospitalized from the virus and remain at risk for spreading it.

"Joe Rogan is wrong. I'm hoping he was just trolling for new subscribers, but he has a pretty big platform and that's really destructive," CNN media analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said on "New Day" Wednesday. "The young are the reservoirs of this virus in our community. They are really powering the spread so the only way to put this virus down once and for all is to immunize."

Spotify says it has 8 million creators, but the company continues to single out and champion Rogan, a major name in podcasting who it signed to a licensing deal last May. On its first-quarter earnings report released Wednesday, Spotify name-dropped Rogan twice. The report said Rogan's podcast was helping Spotify grow its ad-supported business and that the podcast had performed above the company's expectations for adding new users and engagement.

As usual, follow the money.

I've never listened to Rogan's podcast, but if I did, I'd start boycotting it now. And I don't have a paid Spotify account, but if I did I'd cancel it and let them know why.

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