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Content Advisory Will Be Added To Podcasts That Reference Covid-19, Spotify

Content Advisory Will Be Added To Podcasts That Reference Covid-19, Spotify
After coming under fire from rock and folk luminaries for giving voice to disinformation about Covid-19 immunizations, Spotify Technology SA has announced that it will add a "content advisory" to every podcast episode that involves a discussion about vaccines for the current pandemic, according to Chief Executive Officer of the company Daniel Ek.
"This new effort to combat misinformation will roll out to countries around the world in the coming days," Ek wrote in a blog post published Sunday. "To our knowledge, this content advisory is the first of its kind by a major podcast platform."
According to a spokesman for their Archewell foundation, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan also voiced their concern to Spotify regarding Covid-19 disinformation on their network and are determined to continue to work with the company. 
Listeners will be directed to a Covid-19 portal, which will contain facts and information from medical and health professionals, as well as links to reliable sources.
The move follows the announcement by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell that they will remove their music from Spotify in protest of the popular streaming services allowing the spread of false information regarding Covid-19 vaccinations.
Young took issue with his song being broadcast with Joe Rogan's top-rated podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience." Rogan, a well-known vaccine skeptic, has sparked debate with his opinions on the pandemic, government requirements, and immunizations to combat the coronavirus.
270 scientists and medical professionals signed a letter to Spotify earlier this month demanding the company to take action against Rogan, accusing him of propagating lies on the show.
Brene Brown, host of the Spotify-exclusive podcasts "Unlocking Us" and "Dare to Lead," said in a tweet on Saturday that she would "not be publishing any podcasts till further notice."
There was no comment on the issue available from Brown.
According to Ek's tweet, Spotify is also establishing platform regulations for its authors.
"We know we have a critical role to play in supporting creator expression while balancing it with the safety of our users," he wrote. "In that role, 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."


Christopher J. Mitchell

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