Tuesday, May 24

Spotify: the platform announces measures against disinformation after strong criticism

Accused of allowing misinformation about Covid-19 on its platform, Spotify is preparing to take action, the Swedish online music giant announced on Sunday.

The world number one in music streaming will in particular introduce links in all podcasts evoking the Covid, guiding its users to factual and scientifically sourced information, announced its CEO and founder Daniel Ek in a press release.

A boycott movement had been launched by folk-rock legend Neil Young, who in an open letter called on Spotify to remove his music from the platform, because of the podcast hosted by Joe Rogan, very popular in the United States . Since the start of the pandemic, this American has received many guests, some spreading information deemed to be erroneous and dangerous on the Covid-19. Neil Young notably regretted that Spotify had become a place “where lies are sold for money”.

Personalities make their voices heard

In the process, Canadian singer Joni Mitchell also announced that she would withdraw her music from the platform. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue,” she said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also expressed “their concerns” to their partner Spotify, with whom they had entered into a multi-year partnership in December 2020 to produce a podcast called “Archwell Audio”. A contract estimated at 25 million dollars by several media including the New York Post and the BBC.


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