Spotify’s refusal to moderate content will soon become a nightmare

Last October, five months after Spotify acquired Joe Rogan’s podcast, several employees protested against the show’s transphobic nature. There was even more controversy after Rogan hosted an episode with Alex Jones, whose InfoWars podcast was banned by Facebook and Apple.

Spotify has mostly diverted the questions about the podcasts’ content — until now.

In an interview with Axios, CEO Daniel Ek, said that the company exercises no editorial control over its creators:

We have a lot of really well-paid rappers on Spotify too, that make tens of millions of dollars, if not more, each year from Spotify. And we don’t dictate what they’re putting in their songs, either.

It’s great that Spotify allows creators to express themselves freely, but it will have to face the music eventually. Platforms can’t simply ignore moderating the content they host. In fact, with cases like Alex Jones, it may have to issue an outright ban. The problem though, is wider than this: Spotify simply doesn’t currently have the capacity to scale its moderation efforts.

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