Spotify will add a “content advisory” to any podcast episodes that include discussions about COVID-19, CEO Daniel Ek said after coming under fire from rock and folklore for speaking out about misinformation about a COVID-19 vaccine.
“This new effort to combat misinformation will roll out to countries around the world in the coming days,” Eck wrote in a blog post published on Sunday. “To our knowledge, this content advisory is the first of its kind for a major podcast platform.”
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan also expressed their concerns to Spotify about COVID-19 misinformation on the platform and are committed to continuing to work with the company, their Archewell Foundation spokesman said on Sunday.
The announcement will direct listeners to a COVID-19 hub that contains facts and information from medical and health experts, as well as links to trusted sources.
The move comes after singer-songwriters Neil Young and Jonny Mitchell announced they would remove their music from Spotify in protest of the popular streaming service allowing the spread of misinformation about a COVID-19 vaccine.
Young objected to his music being played on the same platform as Joe Rogan’s top podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Rogan is a well-known vaccine skeptic who has sparked controversy over his views on the pandemic, government mandates and vaccines to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier this month, 270 scientists and medical professionals signed a letter urging Spotify to take action against Rogan, accusing him of spreading lies on his podcast.
in a tweet On Saturday, best-selling author Brene Brown, host of Spotify-exclusive podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead, said she “will not be releasing any podcasts until further notice.”
Brown could not be immediately reached for comment.
According to Ek’s post, Spotify is also issuing platform rules for its creators.
“We know we play a critical role in supporting creator expression while balancing user safety,” he wrote. “In this role, it’s important to me that we don’t take on the role of content moderators while also balancing user safety. Make sure there are rules in place and there are consequences for those who break them.”
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