The Spotify COVID-19 disclaimers are now rolling out on mobile, showing on podcasts that discuss the topic.
Spotify announced plans for addressing COVID-19 misinformation on its platform in January. An open letter from 270 medical professionals helped push Spotify to address the misinformation in this way. A blue banner now appears over podcast episodes that discuss COVID-19.
The blue banner in the picture above links to Spotify’s COVID-19 Hub, which contains up-to-date information from scientists, physicians, and public health authorities.
The banner is intended to help people learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s one of the ways Spotify is hoping to mollify people who are upset about the spread of misinformation on the platform. Artist Neil Young took a stand against misinformation by removing his music from the platform. Several artists, including Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Joni Mitchell, followed Young off the platform.
Their ire was directed mostly at Joe Rogan, who hosted a controversial figure who claims Americans were ‘hypnotized’ into wearing masks and getting vaccinated. “My podcast has been accused of spreading misinformation, specifically about two episodes. One with Dr. Peter McCullough and one with Dr. Malone,” said Rogan in addressing the controversy.
Rogan defended his decision by saying, “Both of these people are very highly credentialed, very intelligent, and very accomplished people. They have an opinion that’s different from the mainstream narrative. I wanted to hear what their opinion is,” Rogan says. He continues by saying he doesn’t know if either of the doctors is right, but that he’s just a “person who sits down and talks to people to have conversations with them.”
During that same video, Rogan said he agrees with Spotify’s decision to add disclaimers to its podcast episodes. He also clarified that he has no hard feelings towards Neil Young or Joni Mitchell. “I don’t know what else I can do differently other than maybe try harder to get people with different opinions on right afterward,” Rogan said about his show.