Spotify’s Joe Rogan decision shows Daniel Ek is not Arsenal’s savior

Daniel Eck

When Daniel Ek made his very public moves to try and steer Arsenal away from the Kroenkes, many fans saw him as a ‘better’ option than the American.

Ek, however, showed up like every other billionaire on the planet – only concerned with money, no matter who it hurts.

Recently, legendary musician Neil Young gave Spotify an ultimatum: delete Joe Rogan’s podcast, which eagerly shared anti-vaxx nonsense, or remove his music from the platform.

Young told Spotify this week: “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

Young also added that Spotify was “home to life-threatening Covid misinformation”, adding: “Lies are sold for money”.

Spotify has now opted to remove Young’s music and allow Joe Rogan to continue delivering his own personal brand of “information”.

Rogan has what appears to be the biggest podcast on the planet and Spotify paid him £75million for the exclusive rights in 2020.

“We want creators to create,” Spotify chief executive Ek told the Financial Times upon signing the deal. “It’s what they do best. We’re not trying to play a part in what they should say.

It receives around 200 million downloads every month.

In a statement, Spotify said: “We want all the music and audio content in the world to be available to Spotify users. With that comes a great responsibility to balance both the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators,” he said.

“We have detailed content policies in place and have removed over 20,000 Covid-related podcast episodes since the start of the pandemic.”

While I don’t think anyone thinks Rogan should be removed entirely, it’s Spotify’s responsibility to take responsibility for the content they put out and with this artist they don’t seem willing to do that.

“Thank you Warner Brothers for standing by me and taking the hit – losing 60% of my global streaming revenue in the name of truth,” Young wrote online.

As for Arsenal fans, Ek has shown himself to be far from the savior they were hoping for to free them from the Kroenkes, but he should never have been seen that way in the first place.

No one in this world becomes a billionaire without engaging in some seriously questionable practices somewhere down the road.

At this point, as far as club owners are concerned, it’s degrees of horror rather than good and bad.

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