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The controversy around Joe Rogan and Spotify has focused on Covid-19 misinformation in podcasts, but now the streaming service is facing pressure over some music on its platform.

British newspaper The Observer published an investigation this weekend pointing to some of the tracks available on the service. It reported that the songs “explicitly encourage people not to get vaccinated and say those who do are ‘slaves’, ‘sheep’, and victims of Satan. Others call for an uprising, urging listeners to ‘fight for your life’ – adding that “one user who played a song containing anti-vaccine lyrics was given a personalised playlist directing them to even more extreme songs”.

As the report was published, Spotify removed a number of the tracks in question. A reminder that content moderation in this particular area is not restricted to spoken-word audio, although Spotify would be justified in asking why other streaming services were not also part of the Observer’s investigation – this is not a single-DSP issue.

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