A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment beyond Ek’s remarks.
“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.”
On Spotify’s earnings call Wednesday, Chief Financial Officer Paul Vogel cited Rogan for contributing to the platform’s strong podcast consumption last December. That was the same month Rogan’s podcast became exclusive to Spotify. He mentioned Rogan again when asked about podcast advertising.
Rogan’s recent controversial remarks were from his April 23 episode with comedian Dave Smith. Rogan said in the episode that both his children had Covid-19 with minor symptoms.
“I hate to say that if someone’s children died from this. I’m very sorry that that happened. I’m not in any way diminishing that,” Rogan said. “But I’m saying the personal experience that my children had with Covid was nothing.”
A Spotify spokesperson said at the time, “Spotify prohibits content on the platform which promotes dangerous false, deceptive, or misleading content about COVID-19 that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health.”