This week, Joe Rogan controversially interviewed right-wing conspiracist Alex Jones for an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience that met with counter-reactions and praise.
However, many fans noticed that the episode was removed from Spotify shortly after it was dropped.
Not surprisingly, many assumed it had been removed from the platform, as Jones’ was known to have been banned from all social media, including Spotify, last year.
Rogan confirmed, however, that in reality this was not a grand conspiracy to censor Jones’ bizarre views, but an actual godly technical failure.
The moderator went to Instagram to explain the fault to the fans and clarify wild speculation.
“The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist…” he joked.
“The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache problems, and it didn’t work properly on some machines, so the technicians had Jamie re-upload it with the same date because they thought it would fix the problem, but still play for everyone as if it was never missing,” Rogan explained.
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The conspiracy about the show with the conspiracy theorist. The episode that was uploaded to Spotify had some cache problems, and it didn’t work properly on some devices, so the engineers had Jamie re-upload it with the same date, thinking it would fix the problem, but still play for everyone as if it was never missing. It didn’t work perfectly, which caused my phone to be turned on by people who thought it had been removed. Now it works for me, but some people still have trouble seeing it. They are working on it. However, it IS damned classic and amazing that this glitch only occurs in the Alex Jones episode.
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Rogan said that trying to fix the problem did not work perfectly, resulting in his “phone being turned on by people who thought it had been removed”.
“Now it works for me, but some people still have trouble seeing it,” he explained. “They are working on it.”
Rogan called the breakdown “classic and amazing” because it only occurred in the Alex Jones episode, where they discussed topics like vaccine plots and Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“It IS classic and amazing, however, that this mishap only occurred in the Alex Jones episode,” Rogan added.
A number of people complained on Twitter yesterday (October 28) that the episode was missing, with some still not convinced by the technical error explanation.
Spotify has now brought back the Joe Rogan podcast featuring Alex Jones. There is probably a very good chance that a disgruntled employee deleted the episode. https://t.co/nDecLGIoYc pic.twitter.com/l7JV93wDXZ
– Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 29, 2020
How long was the interview with Joe Rogan Alex Jones missing? I’m not sure if I believe the file had “cache problems” and had to be deleted and uploaded again. Sounds like a power struggle within Spotify.
– Mark Dice (@MarkDice) October 29, 2020
Rogan, who brought Jones to the platform after he was known to have been taken off the platform, did not go down well on Twitter this week as many people said they had cancelled their Spotify accounts or intended to do so.
Spotify has not officially commented on the situation, but a leaked email received by Buzzfeed News suggests that the company’s top executives support Rogan.
Horacio Gutierrez, the company’s chief legal officer and head of global affairs for the music and podcast company, sent an email to team managers yesterday about the Jones episode, stating that Spotify “will not ban certain individuals from being guests on other people’s broadcasts.
Spotify has not yet responded to a request from Tekk.tv for a comment.
Spotify employees reportedly were dissatisfied with some guests on The Joe Rogan Experience in recent months, particularly because of an episode showing an interview with Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Madness that Seduces Our Daughters.
In a statement, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek stated that the company had reviewed the episode and decided not to take it off the platform.
“In the case of Joe Rogan, a total of 10 meetings were held with various groups and individuals to hear their respective concerns,” Ek said (about the industry observer). “And some of i