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Spotify Announces Content Advisory for Podcast Episodes About Coronavirus Amid Backlash

Spotify Announces Content Advisory for Podcast Episodes About Coronavirus Amid Backlash

Spotify is updating its protocols.

The company will introduce a new alert system in the wake of backlash for COVID-19 misinformation on the streaming platform, with artists like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulling their libraries from the service for continuing to host controversial podcasts, including Joe Rogan.

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek revealed the updated platform rules, including adding a content advisory to podcast episodes that contain discussions about coronavirus.

In a statement on Sunday (January 30), the company said Spotify’s goal was “to enable the work of creators around the world to be heard and enjoyed by listeners around the world. To our very core, we believe that listening is everything.”

“We have had rules in place for many years but admittedly, we haven’t been transparent around the policies that guide our content more broadly…this, in turn, led to questions around their application to serious issues including COVID-19,” the statement continued.

They added that Spotify has “an obligation to do more to provide balance and access to widely-accepted information from the medical and scientific communities guiding us through this unprecedented time.”

The content advisory will direct listeners to a dedicated COVID-19 resource for information.

“This new effort to combat misinformation 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.”

“I trust our policies, the research and expertise that inform their development, and our aspiration to apply them in a way that allows for broad debate and discussion, within the lines. We take this seriously and will continue to partner with experts and invest heavily in our platform functionality and product capabilities for the benefit of creators and listeners alike,” he continued.

Find out which royals just spoke out about misinformation on Spotify.

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