Spotify employees reportedly threaten strike over Joe Rogan content

by Jenny Mount · Sep 25th, 2020 4:29 pm

Last Updated Sep 26th, 2020 at 9:17 pm

Spotify employees are reportedly threatening a strike if they are not allowed to have editorial oversight over Joe Rogan's podcast.

Rogan, a UFC color commentator and high-profile podcaster, signed an exclusive, $100-million deal with Spotify earlier this year.

Select Spotify staffers were dissatisfied with the way Rogan's controversial material was handled by senior management, despite multiple internal meetings being held, and reportedly are demanding direct editorial oversight over the show.

This oversight would include the ability to edit or remove sections of interviews, block the upload of shows deemed problematic, and add trigger warnings, corrections, and fact-checking.

Some Spotify employees are threatening a walkout or strike, as well as a protest outside the company's Manhattan headquarters unless their demands are met.

Rogan found himself in hot water earlier this month after giving misinformation on Portland wildfires. Although he later issued an apology on Spotify, Rogan did not address the situation with the platform.

Rogan, who has been both celebrated and rebuked for his controversial material, aired his forum exclusively on his YouTube channel prior to signing the deal with Spotify.


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