The tricky territory of free speech

Free speech absolutists (Disclosure: I'm one) generally don't censor pseudoscience


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Devangshu Datta
What happens when a great musician butts heads with a great podcaster? The platform that hosts both is embarrassed and it becomes a test case for free speech. Neil Young has been a legend for over 50 years. Joe Rogan is a genius who’s redefined podcasting. Mr Rogan started life as a martial artist, moved into sports commentary, and then comedy. From there, he arrived at podcasting and was among the first to realise listeners do engage with long podcasts. Spotify hosted both these stars. Mr Young used to generate over 6 million listens per month on Spotify. Mr Rogan’s podcasts each average over 11 million listeners.  (Disclosure: I listen to both.) Both possess personal fortunes in the nine figures. 

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First Published: Jan 28 2022 | 11:00 PM IST

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