Prince Harry and Meghan Markle concerned over Spotify misinformation
The couple have weighed in on the Spotify controversy.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have expressed concerns over "misinformation" on Spotify.
The streaming giant has been widely criticised in recent days for hosting The Joe Rogan Podcast - a show that has been accused of spreading wrong information about Covid-19 and vaccines, among other topics.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously signed a deal to produce and host podcasts for Spotify.
They have now said that they are concerned about Covid-19 misinformation on its platform, but are committed to continuing to work with the company.
A spokesperson for their Archwell foundation said:
"Since the inception of Archewell, we have worked to address the real-time global misinformation crisis.
In light of the ongoing controversy surrounding @Spotify’s continued support of Joe Rogan, whose podcast has spread proven misinformation about Covid-19 and vaccine efficacy, a spokesperson for Archewell (Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s foundation) says: pic.twitter.com/MZE7RqTNxY
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) January 30, 2022
“Hundreds of millions 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. We look to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does.”
It comes as both Joni Mitchell and Neil Young decided to remove their music from the platform earlier this week due to the growing amount of misinformation.
Young specifically objected to his music being played on the same platform as Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Spotify said it regretted his decision and hoped it could "welcome him back soon".
Joni then followed suite, posting a statement to her official website on Friday.
"Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives," the Canadian musician wrote.
"I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue