App Store War: Spotify Calls Apple ‘Harmful,’ ‘Anti-Competitive’ in Letter to EU Commissioner

Spotify and eight other app developers and associations have sent a letter to Margrethe Vestager, the executive vice president of the EU Commission, urging her to take legal action against Apple’s app distribution methods. The letter states that “Apple benefits from a monopoly position over its mobile ecosystem and extracts exorbitant rents from app developers who have no choice but to remain on the App Store to reach European consumers.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves as he arrives for the Economic Summit held for the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 23, 2019. (Photo by Ng Han Guan / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read NG HAN GUAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Rumble Offers Joe Rogan $100 Million Four-Year Deal with Commitment to ‘No Censorship’

Video-hosting platform Rumble is offering famed podcaster Joe Rogan a $100 million deal to leave Spotify and appear exclusively on the upstart YouTube competitor. The offer arrives amid Rogan facing calls from the cancel culture mob to remove him from Spotify over alleged misinformation regarding the Chinese coronavirus, and more recently, his past usage of the N-word during podcast episodes.

Announcer Joe Rogan reacts during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Andrew Yang Deletes ‘Wrong-Headed’ Tweet Defending Joe Rogan

Former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang (D) deleted a tweet over the weekend where he expressed the opinion that Joe Rogan — who has come under the wringer following an ongoing censorship battle with Spotify and the subsequent surfacing of a video compilation, showing him using the N-word on his podcast — is “not racist,” deeming his original defense of Rogan “wrong-headed” and hurtful.

Andrew Yang, former Democratic presidential candidate and founder of the Forward Party, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference on October 20, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Spotify Censors Episodes of Joe Rogan’s Podcast – Again

Spotify has mass-deleted at least 70 episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience as the platform faces further calls to remove Rogan’s show from its platform. The deletions have nothing to do with coronavirus “misinformation” as they primarily date from before the pandemic, including shows with anti-woke academic Gad Saad, director Kevin Smith, and comedian and podcaster Theo Von. This is not the first time that Spotify has censored episodes of the show since signing a megadeal with the comedian.