- According to a spokesperson for their foundation, Archewell, the couple first raised the problem in April and have kept going to urge Spotify to correct misinformation.
- The Sussexes, one of Spotify’s most well-known audio personalities, announced an exclusive partnership with the platform in December 2020.
Prince Harry and Meghan have conveyed their “concerns” to Spotify about COVID-19 misinformation on the forum, joining a growing list of celebrities putting pressure on Spotify over Joe Rogan’s controversial podcast.
As per the spokesperson for their foundation, Archewell, the couple first raised the issue in April and has continued to urge Spotify to correct misinformation.
Their invention arrived after Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell questioned Spotify to remove their music because of its popular “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. The host has repeatedly made false and inaccurate claims about vaccines and COVID-19.
“Our co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all-too-real consequences of COVID-19 misleading information on its platform last April,” according to an Archewell spokesperson. “We’ve continued to voice our concerns to Spotify, requesting that it make changes to its platform to help address this public health crisis.”
“We look to Spotify to help us meet this challenge, and we’re committed to keeping our collaboration going as long as it does,” the spokesperson added. Rogan’s show was not mentioned in the statement.
CNN has reached out to Spotify for comment but has yet to hear back.
The Sussexes, who announced an exclusive partnership with Spotify in December 2020, are among Spotify’s most well-known audio personalities.
Spotify said the two would “host and produce podcasts that build community via shared experience, narratives, and values,” according to a press release.
The duke and duchess have a multi-year partnership with Spotify that includes a variety of programs, some of which they host and others they produce.
Rogan’s famous show, which has long been such a hit with listeners but now has drawn scorn from the scientific community, dwarfs their reach.
More than 250 scientists, doctors, and nurses signed an open letter to Spotify earlier this month, condemning the streaming service for promoting Rogan and urging it to warn its listeners about misleading information.
The host has suggested that young, healthy individuals should not be immunized against COVID-19, and the latest episode with Jordan Peterson was mocked for airing climate change misinformation.
“We have worked to address the actual global misinformation crisis since the inception of Archewell,” a spokesman for the foundation said. “Every day, hundreds of millions of people are harmed by widespread misinformation and disinformation.”
Source: CTV News
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