Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek (pictured) says he ‘strongly’ condemns racial slurs made by podcaster Joe Rogan but cautioned that cancelling voices is a slippery slope. Photograph: Janerik Henriksson/AP

Daniel Ek, the chief executive of Spotify, addressed Joe Rogan’s past use of racial slurs on Sunday night, telling staff in a memo that while he found the comments “incredibly hurtful” and inconsistent with company values, he did not believe “silencing” the podcaster was the answer.

Ek’s comments come as Spotify faces an unprecedented crisis over Rogan’s rhetoric on race and Covid-19 that has enveloped the company in controversy and led to a growing number of recording artists and podcasters abandoning the platform.

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