Couple Who Signed £18m Deal With Streaming Giant ‘Expresses Concerns’ Over Covid Misinformation

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Couple Who Signed £18m Deal With Streaming Giant 'Expresses Concerns' Over Covid Misinformation

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hit out at
Spotify for hosting content with ‘Covid misinformation’ as the cancel mob tries
to remove vaccine-skeptic podcaster Joe Rogan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they have reached out to the music
streaming giants to ‘express our concerns’.

But the couple has not split with the firm, instead of saying they were
‘committed to continuing our work together’ as it addressed their issues.

It comes after their £18million pet project appeared to have suffered a
blow, with 
Spotify reportedly taking production into its own hands.

Couple Who Signed £18m Deal With Streaming Giant 'Expresses Concerns' Over Covid Misinformation

It comes as artists ditch the platform for hosting The Joe Rogan Experience where he talks about vaccines

A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “Since the inception of [their
non-profit organization] Archewell, we have worked to address the real-time
global misinformation crisis. Hundreds of millions of people are affected by
the serious harms of mis- and disinformation every day. Last April, our
co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all
too real consequences of Covid misinformation on its platform.

“We have continued to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes
to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis. We look to
Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together
as it does.” 

Bruce Springsteen guitarist and Neil Young bandmate Nils Lofgren also
became the latest musician to take his solo work off the streaming service
today.

He wrote in Young’s newsletter that he was joining his bandmate in
‘standing with hundreds of health care professionals, scientists, doctors and
nurses’ in criticizing Spotify over its role in ‘promoting lies and
misinformation’ regarding Covid. 

His announcement comes as Spotify faces an exodus of talent as Brené
Brown and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl were also rumoured to be following Neil
Young and Joni Mitchell off the platform. 

Spotify announced the partnership with the Sussexes’ Archewell Audio in
December 2020 as they wanted to ‘elevate underrepresented voices’.

But aside from a 33-minute ‘holiday special’ that month there has been a
deafening silence. After the deal resulted in only one show being streamed, it
is advertising for in-house staff to cover ‘every step’ of the
process. The latest move follows Harry and Meghan adding two more
‘entertainment’ companies to their growing business empire in Delaware.

The pair, who stepped back from royal duty last year, are setting up a
complex network of companies all based in the opaque tax haven state.

Spotify had said it expected the first ‘complete series’ from Archewell
Audio in 2021 but has since given no further updates.

In July, Archewell hired an experienced podcast producer, Rebecca
Sananes, and confirmed it was ‘looking forward to sharing more content later in
2021’. Now Spotify is hiring producers through its podcast arm, Gimlet, to work
with Archewell Audio. 

Couple Who Signed £18m Deal With Streaming Giant 'Expresses Concerns' Over Covid Misinformation

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they have reached out to the music streaming service to ‘express our concerns’

The jobs are being offered to applicants on six-month contracts based in
Los Angeles. 

One advert for a senior producer role read: ‘We’re currently assembling
a show team that will build and launch a new original show with Archewell
featuring the voices of high-profile women.

‘The ideal candidate has experience working with high-profile talent, and
an interest in the intersection of social activism and popular culture.’

It comes as Spotify faces a mass exodus of stars including Brown, 56,
and Foo Fighters’ Grohl, 53, after Young and Mitchell ditched the platform.

Mitchell joined Young in removing her music from Spotify in protest against their promotion of Rogan‘s vaccine-skeptic views. Young has lashed out at the outlet for hosting
The Joe Rogan Experience on its site.

Brown said on Saturday she would not be producing more episodes of her
Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead podcasts ‘until further notice’.

She tweeted: ‘I will not be releasing any podcasts until further notice.
To our #UnlockingUs and #DaretoLead communities, I’m sorry and I’ll let you
know if and when that changes. Stay awkward, brave, and kind.’

She did not indicate why she was no longer releasing episodes, but Brown
hosts her podcasts exclusively on Spotify.

Brown is the author of six New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts
of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, Dare of
Lead and Atlas of the Heart – and is known for her research on
vulnerability, shame and leadership.

Mitchell, 78, said she was standing ‘in solidarity’ with Young who
demanded Spotify take down his songs unless the it stops carrying The Joe Rogan
Experience.

The Big Yellow Taxi hit maker said the streaming giant was allowing
‘irresponsible people’ to spread lies that were ‘costing people their
lives’. 

Mitchell shared an open letter signed by medical professionals calling
on Spotify to take action against ‘mass-misinformation events’ occurring on its
platform.

Couple Who Signed £18m Deal With Streaming Giant 'Expresses Concerns' Over Covid Misinformation

One band that may remove its discography from the platform, although it is just speculative, is the Foo Fighters’. As the group was trending on Twitter on Saturday, users noted that Dave Grohl (pictured) could ‘kill Spotify with ‘I’m out”

Mitchell said in a statement on her official website: “I’ve decided to
remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people are spreading lies that
are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the
global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”

The open letter made reference to a specific episode of The Joe Rogan
Experience, released on December 31, 2021, in which ‘baseless conspiracy
theories’ were promoted.

The letter said: “By allowing the propagation of false and societally
harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust
in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance
offered by medical professionals. 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. We, the
undersigned doctors, nurses, scientists, and educators thus call on Spotify to
immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on
its platform.”

 

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