Spotify will take measures to tackle disinformation about the corona virus. The Swedish streaming giant announced this on Sunday evening. Spotify was under pressure after rock legend Neil Young announced a boycott. Joe Rogan, in turn, says he’ll “try harder.”
Spotify will add links to all podcasts citing the coronavirus that will direct users to factual and science-based information about Covid-19, CEO and founder Daniel Ek announced in a statement.
“Based on the responses over the past few weeks, it has become clear to me that we have a duty to bring greater balance and access to information that is widely accepted in medical and scientific circles,” said Ek.
The measure will be rolled out in the coming days. The world’s largest streaming service also said it is looking at how it can better indicate the makers of podcasts ‘what is acceptable’, without openly talking about sanctions.
Spotify had come under fire after Neil Young announced this week that he would pull his music from Spotify if the service continues to host Joe Rogan’s podcast. A few days later, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell followed Young’s lead.
Rogan ‘will do better’
Joe Rogan is a popular yet controversial comedian and creator of the most listened to podcast on Spotify. He is accused of advising young people not to get vaccinated and spreading incorrect information about the corona virus. Earlier, a number of scientists and doctors had also denounced the podcast in an open letter.
Rogan himself posted a ten-minute monologue online on Sunday evening in response to the smear campaign. In it, he said that ‘he will do his best’. He does think that the wrong image is being created of what he is doing. In his own words, he only invites people who have something to say, based on their expertise, for a good conversation. That could perhaps be more ‘balanced’, he suggests. He also thanks Spotify for standing behind him.
Young, meanwhile, has found a new home for his music. The singer-songwriter has announced through his social media channels that he will be bringing his music to Amazon Music.