| 1 October 2022, Saturday |

UK’s Harry and Meghan voice concern to Spotify over COVID-19 misinformation

According to a spokeswoman for their Archewell organization, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have conveyed their concern to Spotify regarding COVID-19 disinformation on its platform and are dedicated to continuing to engage with the firm.

Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have removed their songs from Spotify in protest of the popular streaming service allowing the spread of disinformation concerning COVID-19 vaccinations.

As part of their efforts to make a living following their break from Britain’s royal family, Harry and Meghan inked a number of corporate arrangements, including one with Spotify to create and host podcasts.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

“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.”

Contacted by Reuters on Sunday through its website, Spotify had no immediate comment.

The Swedish company has previously said it worked to balance “both safety for listeners and freedom for creators” and had removed more than 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 in accordance with its “detailed content policies.”

Young objected to his music being played on the same platform as Joe Rogan’s top-rated postcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”. Rogan has stirred controversy with his views on the pandemic, government mandates and vaccines to control the spread of the coronavirus.

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

  • Reuters