Joe Rogan hosts far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his Spotify podcast 2 years after Jones was kicked off the platform
- The popular podcaster Joe Rogan hosted the far-right personality Alex Jones on his Spotify podcast on Tuesday.
- Jones, who has repeatedly claimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax, was booted from Spotify's platform in 2018 for violating its "prohibited content" policies.
- After Tuesday's episode went live, Spotify was criticized for allowing Jones back on the platform.
- Last month, Spotify executives faced complaints from staffers that episodes of Rogan's podcast were transphobic.
In September, Spotify staffers said the popular podcaster Joe Rogan might be breaking the company's hate-speech policies. On Tuesday, the podcaster hosted Alex Jones, the far-right personality who was booted from Spotify two years ago for breaking those policies.
Episode #1555 of "The Joe Rogan Experience," published Tuesday, featured Jones and the stand-up comedian Tim Dillon.Spotify removed Jones' own podcast in 2018 for "repeated violations" of its "prohibited content policies."
"Congrats on paying 100 million dollars for the privilege of platforming a man who terrorized Sandy Hook parents,
@Spotify," the civil-rights group Sleeping Giants tweeted, referring to Jones' repeated claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.
—Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) October 28, 2020Families of children killed at Sandy Hook have brought legal cases against Jones for promoting the conspiracy theory, alleging that Jones' followers harassed them and sent death threats.
"Rogan continuing to platform these far-right sickos is incredibly gross and dangerous," the activist Nathan Bernard tweeted.
—Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) October 27, 2020Spotify acquired the hugely popular "Joe Rogan Experience" in May for a reported $100 million, in what was seen as a major coup for the streaming company.Rogan had hosted Jones on his podcast before the acquisition, but Spotify doesn't feature these episodes.
In September, Vice reported that Spotify executives were having to field questions from staff members who said episodes of the podcast were transphobic.
Spotify did not immediately reply when contacted for comment by Business Insider about Rogan's most recent episode, which remained on the streaming service as of Wednesday morning.
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