Harry and Meghan Put Pressure On Spotify Over Joe Rogan Covid-19 Podcasts But Won’t Hand Back Their £18million From The Streaming Service

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Harry and Meghan Put Pressure On Spotify Over Joe Rogan Covid-19 Podcasts But Won’t Hand Back Their £18million From The Streaming Service

The Sussexes will not cut ties with Spotify despite an ongoing row over the spread of Covid misinformation on
the platform, it has emerged.

Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, said they had expressed concerns to the
streaming giant about the ‘all too real consequences of 
Covid-19 misinformation on its platform’.

But the couple said they were committed to continuing their reported
£18million deal with the tech giant ‘to ensure changes to its platform are made
to help address this public health crisis’.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had faced pressure to walk away from
their deal with Spotify after musicians Joni Mitchell and Neil Young demanded
that their songs be removed from the platform.

The singers were angered by the alleged spread of Covid vaccine
misinformation on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Spotify and said false
claims over the jabs risked putting lives at risk.

Their high-profile criticism prompted speculation that other big names
could follow their example and Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist Nils Lofgren
announced his own music was also being removed.

A statement from the Sussexes’ charity Archewell was shared online
yesterday by journalist Omid Scobie, co-author of the couple’s controversial
biography Finding Freedom.

It said: ‘Since the inception of Archewell, we have worked to address
the real-time global misinformation crisis. Hundreds of people are affected by
the serious harms of rampant 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-19 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.’

Harry recently blamed ‘mass-scale misinformation’ for vaccine hesitancy
and hit out at news and social media platforms for ‘peddling lies’ about
vaccines. He has described online misinformation as a ‘global humanitarian
issue’.

He and Meghan signed a multi-year deal with Spotify worth a reported
£18million in 2020, saying they were ‘citizens of the world’ who wanted to
‘elevate underrepresented voices’. But so far they have only produced one
episode of their podcast – a 33-minute ‘holiday special’ featuring Sir Elton
John and James Corden.

The Joe Rogan Experience was the most popular podcast on the platform
last year despite ongoing criticism that it featured false claims about Covid.

Rogan, a US comedian, has suggested that younger people do not need to
take the vaccine. Last month he interviewed Dr. Robert Malone, who was banned
from Twitter for spreading Covid misinformation and became a hero in the
anti-vaccine community.

Harry and Meghan Put Pressure On Spotify Over Joe Rogan Covid-19 Podcasts But Won’t Hand Back Their £18million From The Streaming Service

The Joe Rogan Experience was the most popular podcast on the platform last year despite ongoing criticism that it featured false claims about Covid. Pictured: Joe Rogan

Earlier this month, 270 scientists and medical professionals signed a
letter accusing Rogan of spreading falsehoods on the podcast and urged Spotify
to take action against him.

Spotify, which reportedly paid more than $100million (£75million) for
the podcast in 2020, said it aimed to balance ‘safety for listeners and freedom
for creators’. It employs a team of experts to review its content, it said, and
more than 20,000 podcast episodes linked to Covid have been removed since the
start of the pandemic.

Spotify recently advertised for producers to make further shows with
Harry and Meghan’s Archewell project, and said it wanted to launch ‘a new original
show with Archewell featuring the voices of high profile women’.

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