Spotify announces measures after criticism about corona disinformation

Spotify has announced measures after criticism about podcasts that the streaming service offers that give disinformation about the corona virus. For example, from now on, every podcast that talks about covid-19 will refer to a web page with information about the virus “based on facts from scientists”, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek writes.

The measure is in response to some artists who have removed their music from Spotify. Among them are singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.

The artists are angry that Spotify is the podcast The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) offers from presenter and comedian Joe Rogan. In it, Rogan repeatedly questions the effectiveness of vaccines. The podcast maker also says that he had taken ivermectin, a medicine against parasites, to treat covid-19.

Young said: “Spotify has become the home of life-threatening misinformation about covid. Lies that are sold for money.” He also called on other artists to remove their music from Spotify.

Spotify’s CEO says in response to the criticism that the company realizes it has a responsibility to share correct information. “We will direct listeners to our dedicated COVID-19 Hub, a resource that provides easy access to facts and up-to-date information shared by scientists, physicians, academics and public health authorities around the world.”

The referral will be rolled out worldwide in the coming days, says Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.