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SELLING OUT? Joe Rogan Takes $100 Million Deal to Host Podcasts Exclusively on Spotify

Rogan’s independent platform may be in jeopardy.

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Stand-up comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan announced that his iconic podcast, which has frequently served as a platform for individuals like Elon Musk and Alex Jones to challenge the political establishment, will soon be hosted exclusively on Spotify.

“It will remain FREE, and it will be the exact same show. It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show. They want me to just continue doing it the way I’m doing it right now … I’m excited to have the support of the largest audio platform in the world and I hope you folks are there when we make the switch!” Rogan said in an Instagram post about the news.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Rogan’s deal is worth more than $100 million, meaning that Rogan is cashing out due to his massive success:

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Rogan’s fan base is worried that the news will ultimately mean that he will be more controlled and the podcast will lose the independence that has made it grow into such a powerhouse:

Despite the criticism, Rogan may be leaving YouTube because of the Draconian censorship policies on that platform. He has frequently raised the issue of digital censorship on his show and criticized the restrictive policies of the tech giants.

Big League Politics has reported on many instances of YouTube capriciously removing content considered to be wrongthink, with the latest example being the Plandemic movie about the coronavirus that has gone viral:

YouTube, the streaming video service owned by Google, is desperate to remove an explosive documentary that exposes the key players behind the medical corruption that has fueled the coronavirus pandemic.

The documentary centers around Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD, and her work exposing corruption in the medical field. Mikovits wrote an explosive paper about the dangerous use of animal and human fetal tissues in scientific experiments that put her on the medical establishment’s hit list. Mikovits believes that the coronavirus pandemic is an example of what she was warning about decades ago.

“Plandemic” covers Mikovits’ career since she was railroaded by Big Pharma for presenting a dissident opinion regarding their fetal chop shop research. Mikovits said she was arrested, had evidence planted on her, and then was slapped with a gag order in order to prevent her truth from being heard.

“Heads of our entire HHS colluded to destroy my reputation, and the Department of Justice and FBI sat on it and kept that case under seal, which means you can’t say there’s a case or your lawyers are held in contempt of court, so you can’t get a lawyer to defend you,” Mikovits said…

The entire video can be accessed on BitChute at this link.

While many of Rogan’s fans feel this will stifle his content, this move may end up freeing him if Spotify is smart enough to realize that it is a good business decision to give popular content creators the freedom they need to produce uncensored content that their fan bases will enjoy.

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YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety

Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?

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The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.

Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.

“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.

Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”

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This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.

Examples from the article:

  • Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
  • Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
  • Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
  • Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)

You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.

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