Spotify has been criticised both externally and internally for some of the views expressed (and guests hosted) by its top podcaster Joe Rogan, to little avail. Perhaps an open letter from more than 260 doctors, scientists and health professionals will change that.
The letter focuses on the episode of The Joe Rogan Experience published at the end of December. “In episode #1757, Rogan hosted Dr. Robert Malone, who was suspended from Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Dr. Malone used the JRE platform to further promote numerous baseless claims, including several falsehoods about COVID-19 vaccines and an unfounded theory that societal leaders have ‘hypnotized’ the public,” claims the letter.
“Many of these statements have already been discredited. Notably, Dr. Malone is one of two recent JRE guests who has compared pandemic policies to the Holocaust. These actions are not only objectionable and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous… This is not only a scientific or medical concern; it is a sociological issue of devastating proportions and Spotify is responsible for allowing this activity to thrive on its platform.”
The letter writers want Spotify to “immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform”.