WASHINGTON: Spotify’s plan to add a content material advisory to any dialogue of COVID-19 on its platform is a positive step, however tech platforms ought to do extra to stop the unfold of misinformation on the coronavirus, the White House mentioned on Tuesday.
“Our hope is all major tech platforms and all major news sources for that matter be responsible and be vigilant to ensure that the American people have access to accurate information on something as significant as COVID-19”, White House press secretary Jen Psaki informed reporters in a briefing.
“This disclaimer – it’s a positive step, but we want every platform to continue doing more to call out misinformation.”
US podcaster Joe Rogan apologised on Sunday and pledged extra steadiness on his present, The Joe Rogan Experience, amid a backlash in opposition to COVID misinformation on the streaming service that wiped greater than $2 billion off its market worth final week.
Spotify shares have risen 18.23 per cent since Rogan apologised and Citigroup gave it a “buy” ranking.
Rogan’s present has been probably the most listened-to podcast on Spotify. His views on vaccines and authorities mandates to management the unfold of the coronavirus alienated distinguished figures from the platform earlier than Spotify mentioned it might add a content material advisory to any episode with dialogue of COVID to attempt to quell the controversy.
It marked step one by Spotify into the sphere of content material moderation that different tech platforms have discovered difficult and expensive.