Spotify Gets Serious About Covid
Updated: Feb 1, 2022
In case you haven't already heard, some big name artists are pulling their content from Spotify in a bid to get the audio streaming giant to make reform around misinformation about Covid.
In particular artists and the general public are fed up with podcasts such as Joe Rogan who has been a catalyst for misinformation surrounding covid and vaccination. The Joe Rogan Experience is Spotify's most popular podcast, with a reported 200 million downloads a month.
Neil Young and most recently the legendary Joni Mitchell took a stand by deleting their catalogue of music from the streaming platform.
Spotify has finally confimed that they are working to add advisory warnings to any podcast on its platform that discusses Covid-19.
CEO Daniel Ek said that the new warning will redirect users to a data hub of coronavirus facts.
The platform also published existing rules which bar the streaming giant's contributors from sharing false information that could cause harm.
In a statement posted to Spotify's website, Mr Ek wrote that it has "become clear to me that we have an obligation to do more to provide balance and access to widely-accepted information from the medical and scientific communities guiding us through this unprecedented time".
Mr Ek said that the company had on Sunday published its long-standing "Platform Rules" - guidelines for creators on which content is considered unacceptable.
They were developed by the company in conjunction with a team of external experts and are updated regularly, the Swedish billionaire said
In December a coalition of scientists, medical experts and others sent Spotify a letter highlighting false and misleading claims Rogan has made on his podcast, such as encouraging young people not to get vaccinated and promoting ivermectin to treat COVID-19 despite Food and Drug Administration warnings to the contrary.