Here’s the Spotify COVID content policy that’s letting Joe Rogan slip
Spotify employees are deeply upset inside the company over the streaming platform’s deal with Joe Rogan over his views on COVID vaccines, but their management has remained silent inside and outside the company. Today, however, Dustee Jenkins, Spotify’s head of global communications and public relations, posted a message to the Slack company to address employee concerns about Joe Rogan’s presence on the platform after Neil Young removed his music in protest.
In the screenshots seen by The edge, Jenkins said she was “leading[s] Public Affairs” and that the company reviewed several controversial issues Joe Rogan Experience episodes and determined that they “did not meet the suppression threshold”. She adds that Spotify employs an “in-house team made up of some of the best experts in the industry” and also works with third parties who “advise us and help us evolve our policies given what is happening in the world around us”. .
She added, “What Spotify hasn’t done is move fast enough to share these policies externally, and is working to fix this as soon as possible.”
The post is also linked to an internal company content guidelines page, which The edge viewed. Jenkins said those rules had been in place “for years.” The entire healthcare guidelines section is reproduced below. He forbids :
Content that promotes harmful false or misleading healthcare content that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health such as:
Denying the existence of AIDS or COVID-19
Encourage the deliberate contraction of a serious or life-threatening disease
Suggest that drinking bleach can cure various diseases and ailments
Suggesting that wearing a mask will cause the wearer imminent and potentially fatal physical harm
Promoting or suggesting that vaccines are designed to cause death
These guidelines apparently allow podcasters to say that vaccines cause death – but not that they are designed cause death. Likewise, they allow podcasters to say that wearing a mask is ineffective, but not that wearing masks will cause imminent and potentially fatal harm.
The edge asked for comment on Jenkins’ statement, content policy and when Spotify plans to post this policy and did not receive a response.
“We enforce our policies consistently and objectively,” Jenkins wrote. “They are not influenced by the media cycle, calls from an individual or external partners. This does not mean that I personally agree with this content. But I trust our policies and the rationale behind them.
“Every creator must follow our policies,” she added.