Doctors are urging Spotify to correct COVID disinformation, citing the Joe Rogan programme as an example – Bestgamingpro

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And over 250 medical experts have signed an open letter to Spotify, urging the company to take action against COVID disinformation propagating on its platform, with comedian Joe Rogan’s show being singled out.

Dr. Robert Malone, an immunologist who claims to have invented mRNA technology but is now an outspoken critic of vaccinations that employ it, was featured on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Dec. 31, according to the letter.

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“By facilitating the spread of erroneous and societally damaging assumptions, Spotify is enabling its hosted material to erode public faith in scientific research and raise doubt in the integrity of data-driven medical advice,” the letter states.

“This is not just a scientific or medical problem; it is a societal one of catastrophic proportions, and Spotify is to blame for enabling this behaviour to grow on its platform,” the letter states.

The letter enumerates what the signers claim are further examples of COVID-19 lies advocated on Rogan’s show, as originally published by Rolling Stone on Wednesday.

Rogan, to whom around 11 million people regularly listen, has a long history of scepticism for scientifically verified COVID-19 health recommendations. On his programme, he has questioned the usage of masks and advocated for the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID treatment.

In recent years, social media organisations have taken a tougher stance against disinformation, especially when it comes to the dissemination of COVID falsehoods. Twitter has started tagging any tweets on the COVID-19 vaccines that may include inaccurate information, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green has been banned for propagating vaccine misinformation.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, has also ramped up its anti-disinformation efforts, prohibiting COVID vaccination and anti-vax misinformation and eliminating more than 1 million videos connected to COVID misinformation by 2021.

Spotify did not immediately react to a request for comment, but it has previously removed material for propagating COVID-19 falsehoods, most notably podcaster Pete Evans, who was kicked off the service.

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