Spotify removes Pete Evans podcast

Controversial conspiracy theorist Pete Evans has had his podcast channel removed from streaming service Spotify – and he’s fired up online about it.

Controversial conspiracy theorist Pete Evans has had his podcasts taken down from streaming platform Spotify.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday morning, the former My Kitchen Rules judge said his channel had been removed from the service.

“Could it have something to do with the many brave doctors and scientists that we interview, that are warning people about these poisons that’s disguised as medicine?” he wrote to his 276,000 followers.

“Or could it do with the hundreds of hours of information that helps people live a healthy lifestyle … or both?”

In a follow-up post a few hours later, Evans added: “You don’t have to think too hard to understand what this whole censorship issue is about”.

“You may also have come to the conclusion that the last 10-12 months have not been about a virus either,” he said.

“If it smells as fishy as all of this does, then you know, it is rotten to the CORE.”

The post contained a screenshot of Donald Trump Jr’s account, which referenced the pro-Trump social networking service Parler.

Several Instagram users commented their outrage at the “censoring”, with some adding that they would cancel their Spotify accounts.

In a statement supplied to NCA NewsWire, a Spotify spokesman said the podcasts violated company policy.

“Spotify prohibits content on the platform which promotes dangerous false, deceptive, or misleading content about COVID-19 that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health,” the statement said.

When content that violates this standard is identified it is removed from the platform.”

Spotify’s decision is the latest in a string of cancellations for the chef, who had his Facebook page deleted after the platform said he was spreading “misinformation” that could lead to “imminent physical harm”.

He also lost his lucrative contract at Channel Seven last May because of his unscientific views, and was dumped by publisher Pan Macmillan Australia.

He has been an outspoken conspiracy theorist during the coronavirus pandemic, posting frequently to his Instagram page and, before its deletion, his Facebook page.

His social media accounts have also contained misinformation about the result of the 2020 US election.

Last year he posted a cartoon with a neo-Nazi symbol onto the page, but later deleted it and claimed to be unaware of its meaning.

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