Spotify to add notices to podcasts discussing COVID-19 | Economic news

By JAKE COYLE, AP Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Following Spotify’s protests launched by Neil Young against the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, the music streaming service said it will add content advisories before podcasts discussing the virus.

In a post on Sunday, Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek laid out more transparent platform rules given the backlash over Young, who had his music removed from Spotify on Wednesday after the tech giant refused to get rid of episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience”. which has been criticized for spreading false information about viruses.

“Personally, there are many individuals and opinions on Spotify that I strongly disagree with,” Ek wrote. “It’s important to me that we don’t take the position of content censor while ensuring that there are rules in place and consequences for those who break them.”

Ek said the reviews will link to Spotify’s fact-based COVID-19 hub in what he described as a “new effort to combat misinformation.” It will roll out in the coming days, Ek said. He didn’t specifically refer to Rogan or Young.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who have signed a multi-year deal to produce and host podcasts for Spotify under their production company Archewell Audio, urged Spotify on Sunday to tame virus misinformation.

“Last April, our co-founders began raising concerns with our partners at Spotify about the all-too-real consequences of misinformation about COVID-19 on its platform,” an Archewell spokesperson said in a statement. communicated. “We have continued to raise our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes are made to its platform to help address this public health crisis. We look to Spotify to address this moment and are committed to continue our work together as he does.”

Earlier Sunday, Bruce Springsteen guitarist and Crazy Horse member Nils Lofgren, a frequent collaborator with Young, said he was joining Young’s Spotify revolt. Lofgren said he had already removed the last 27 years from his music and asked the labels of his previous music to do the same.

“We encourage all musicians, artists and music lovers around the world to support us and sever ties with Spotify,” Lofgren wrote in a statement.

On Friday, Joni Mitchell said she was seeking to remove all of her music from Spotify in solidarity with Young. Earlier, hundreds of scientists, professors and public health experts asked Spotify to remove a Dec. 31 episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” in which it featured Dr. Robert Malone, an infectious disease specialist who was banned from Twitter for spreading COVID. -19 misinformation.

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