NEW YORK — Following protests of Spotify kicked off by Neil Young over the unfold of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, the music streaming service stated that it’ll add content material advisories earlier than podcasts discussing the virus.
In a put up Sunday, Spotify chief govt Daniel Ek laid out extra clear platform guidelines given the backlash stirred by Young, who on Wednesday had his music faraway from Spotify after the tech large declined to do away with episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which has been criticized for spreading virus misinformation.
“Personally, there are plenty of individuals and views on Spotify that I disagree with strongly,” wrote Ek. “It is important to me that we don’t take on the position of being content censor while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them.”
Ek stated that the advisories will hyperlink to Spotify’s fact-based COVID-19 hub in what he described as a “new effort to combat misinformation.” It will roll out within the coming days, Ek stated. He didn’t particularly reference Rogan or Young.
Britain’s Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who’ve signed a multi-year deal to produce and host podcasts for Spotify underneath their manufacturing firm Archewell Audio, on Sunday urged Spotify to tame virus misinformation.
“Last April, our co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all too real consequences of COVID-19 misinformation on its platform,” an Archewell spokesperson stated in an announcement. “We have continued to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis. We look to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does.”
Earlier Sunday, Nils Lofgren, the Bruce Springsteen guitarist and a member of Crazy Horse, a frequent collaborator with Young, stated he was becoming a member of Young’s Spotify revolt. Lofgren stated he had already had the final 27 years of his music eliminated and requested labels together with his earlier music to do likewise.
“We encourage all musicians, artists and music lovers everywhere to stand with us and cut ties with Spotify,” wrote Lofgren in an announcement.
On Friday, Joni Mitchell stated she is searching for to take away all of her music from Spotify in solidarity with Young. Earlier, tons of of scientists, professors and public well being consultants requested Spotify to take away a Dec. 31 episode from “The Joe Rogan Experience” wherein he featured Dr. Robert Malone, an infectious-disease specialist who has been banned from Twitter for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.
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