Joe Rogen, an American podcaster, has recently caused controversy with his views on vaccination and government mandates to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On New Year’s Eve, Rogen invited Dr. Robert Malone, virologist and inventor of mRNA, to his show “The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE)” for episode #1757 on Spotify.
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On the show, Malone made provocative statements and claimed that “experimental vaccine warrants are explicitly illegal” and said the US government was “out of control”.
He also compared COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the United States to those in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, when Hitler and his Nazi Party came to power.
On the show, he says, “What happened to Germany in the 1920s and 30s? A very intelligent, very educated population and they have gone mad. And how did it happen? The answer is mass training psychosis.
Malone continues, “When you have a society that has decoupled from each other and has floating anxiety in the sense that things don’t make sense, we can’t understand it, and then their attention is focused by a leader or a series of events on a small point just like hypnosis, they literally become hypnotized and can be led anywhere.
The microblogging site Twitter banned Dr Robert Malone on December 29, 2021 for spreading misinformation about Covid.
Earlier this month, hundreds of scientists and medical professionals urged Spotify to take action against Rogan in an open letter, accusing him of spreading false information on a podcast.
“By allowing the spread of false and socially harmful claims,” the letter states, “Spotify enables its hosted media to harm public trust in scientific research and cast doubt on the credibility of advice based on data provided by health professionals”.
Along with hundreds of doctors, Neil Young, a Canadian-American singer, musician and songwriter, has expressed concern about the spread of false information.
He asked his record labels and managers to remove his music from Spotify as a result. As a result, Spotify shares fell 12% on Friday January 28, losing over $2 billion in value.
“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines – potentially causing the death of those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them,” Young wrote in a post on his website, which he later deleted. , according to Rolling Stone. “Please act immediately today and let me know the timing.”
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all of my music removed from their platform,” he said in Monday’s post. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
“With approximately 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the largest podcast in the world and has considerable influence,” the letter states. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, although the company currently has no misinformation policy.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also raised concerns about misinformation on the streaming platform, however, they reiterated their commitment to continue using it to deliver their content.
Spotify reaction and response
Spotify, which paid $100 million for the rights to Joe Rogen’s podcast in 2020, has broken its silence.
The company has agreed to remove Neil Young’s music from the streaming service. Spotify will also add a content advisory to any podcast episode that includes discussion of COVID-19.
“This notice will direct listeners to our dedicated COVID-19 hub, a resource that provides easy access to data-driven facts, up-to-date information shared by scientists, doctors, academics and public health authorities around the world. around the world, as well as links to trusted sources,” says Managing Director Daniel Ek.
“This new counter-disinformation effort will roll out to countries around the world in the coming days. To our knowledge, this content advisory is the first of its kind by a major podcast platform,” Daniel Ek wrote in a blog post.
Joe Rogen’s response
Joe Rogen posted a response to the ongoing controversy in a ten-minute video uploaded to Instagram. He promised to be more balanced and informed about controversial topics and guests in the future.
He says, “I don’t just want to show the opposite opinion to what the narrative is. I want to show all kinds of opinions so we can all understand what’s going on and not just about COVID, about everything, about health, about fitness, about wellness, about the state of the world itself.
Rogan also said he will have more guests on the show who will present different opinions and thanked Spotify for their support.
You can watch the full video below:
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