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The music-streaming service Spotify says it’ll implement adjustments to protect in opposition to COVID-19 misinformation after some high-profile artists and public figures criticized the platform for internet hosting Joe Rogan’s hit podcast, The Joe Rogan Expertise.
Music legends Neil Younger and Joni Mitchell every pulled their music from Spotify over their objections to Rogan, who consultants say has repeatedly made false claims concerning the coronavirus and vaccines. Over the weekend Nils Lofgren additionally confirmed he had his music pulled. Creator and researcher Brené Brown stated she would cease releasing new podcasts till additional discover, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have additionally expressed their considerations about COVID misinformation on the platform.
On Sunday, Spotify’s founder and CEO Daniel Ek stated in a press release that the corporate did not wish to be a “content material censor” however that it might’ve been extra clear about its inner content material insurance policies.
“Based mostly on the suggestions over the past a number of weeks, it is turn out to be clear to me that we now have an obligation to do extra to offer steadiness and entry to widely-accepted info from the medical and scientific communities guiding us by this unprecedented time,” Ek stated.
Spotify will add a brand new content material advisory to any podcast episode that discusses COVID-19, which is able to direct listeners to a hub with “data-driven info, up-to-date info as shared by scientists, physicians, lecturers and public well being authorities around the globe, in addition to hyperlinks to trusted sources.” Ek stated the content material advisory is believed to be the primary of its form by a significant podcasting platform.
The streamer has additionally revealed its current Platform Guidelines and says it’ll attempt to increase consciousness of these content material guidelines amongst Spotify podcasters and different creators. The foundations embody a ban on content material that “promotes harmful false or harmful misleading medical info which will trigger offline hurt or poses a direct menace to public well being.”
In December a coalition of scientists, medical consultants and others despatched Spotify a letter highlighting false and deceptive claims Rogan has made on his podcast, resembling encouraging younger folks to not get vaccinated and selling ivermectin to deal with COVID-19 regardless of Meals and Drug Administration warnings on the contrary.