Joe Rogan, Spotify controversy prompts Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to voice ‘concerns’
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have expressed concerns about the spread of COVID-19 misinformation on Spotify, where they have a podcasting deal.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a deal with the popular music and podcast broadcaster in 2020 that allows them to produce content for the platform through Archewell Audio, a branch of their larger Archewell brand.
However, following artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulling their respective music catalogs from the platform in an act of protest against Joe Rogan for spreading pandemic misinformation on his podcast, Harry and Meghan revealed to Fox News Digital that they too had had their worries.
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“Since Archewell’s inception, we have worked to address the global misinformation crisis in real time. Hundreds of millions of people are impacted every day by the grave harms of rampant misinformation and disinformation,” says a statement from an Archewell spokesperson. “Last April, our co-founders began raising concerns with our partners at Spotify about the all-too-real consequences of COVID-19 misinformation on its platform. We have continued to raise our concerns at Spotify to ensure that changes be made to its platform to help address this public health crisis.”
The statement concludes: “We look to Spotify to face this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does.”
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After agreeing to remove Young’s music from its platform, Spotify released a statement saying it has policies in place to remove misleading content from its platform and removed over 20,000 podcast episodes. related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. However, it did not directly address “The Joe Rogan Experience”.
The platform has remained silent on Rogan, which became exclusive with the platform in 2020, even after being the centerpiece of disinformation controversies.
Last month, for example, Rogan interviewed on his podcast Dr. Robert Malone, an infectious disease specialist who was banned from Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID. Prior to that, he had previously been criticized for telling “young and healthy” listeners to skip the vaccine.
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Rogan is one of the streaming service’s biggest stars, with a deal that could net him over $100 million.
Melissa Roberto of Fox Business and Associated Press contributed to this report.