A group of 270 doctors and medical experts have signed an open letter calling on Spotify to start moderating misinformation on its platform, particularly concerning its biggest show, the Joe Rogan Experience.
The platform signed a $100 million deal with Joe Rogan in 2020. The last thing we need is for him to spread misinformation about the coronaviruses to his 11 million followers.
Rogan has been mocked by some of his most ardent supporters for making dubious and unsubstantiated claims.
The letter states that things came to a head last month when Rogan invited a highly controversial guest. The December 31 episode of the Joe Rogan Experience has been criticized for promoting baseless conspiracy theories and has a concerning history of broadcasting misinformation.
The Biden administration was accused of trying to underplay the efficacy of ivermectin, a deworming agent used in horses. He said that political leaders were using hypnotism to deceive the public.
People who don't have the scientific or medical background to recognize the things he's saying are not true and are unable to distinguish fact from fiction are going to believe what Malone is saying. That is frightening.
Rogan has used his platform to spread misinformation before.
He promoted off-label use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19, discouraged vaccination in young people and children, and spread a number of conspiracy theories.
He could use his fan base to spread misinformation that could lead to harm and foster distrust in science and research.
The group argues that they are tasked with repairing the public's damaged understanding of science and medicine.
The anti-vaccination sentiment woven into this and other episodes of Rogan's show will only make the Pandemic worse, they wrote.
It remains to be seen whether the group will lead to any action after condemning the company for turning a blind eye to misinformation on its platform.
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