Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have some thoughts on the ongoing conflict with Spotify.
In case you haven’t heard, Spotify has been getting hot recently for continuously allowing COVID-19 misinformation to be spread on their platform – especially from Joe Rogan‘s podcast. Since the start of the pandemic, the 54-year-old host has made a host of false claims about the coronavirus vaccine and invited anti-vaxx guests who also broadcast harmful theories. Last week, Neil Young pulled its entire music catalog from the streaming platform and was followed by musicians Joni Mitchell Saturday due to the misinformation scandal. Now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are participating in the conversation …
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According to People, the couple shared through one Archewell spokesman Sunday that they have told Spotify about their “concerns” regarding the misinformation controversy. The statement reads:
“Since the inception of Archewell, we have been working to address the global crisis of real-time misinformation. Hundreds of millions of people are affected every day by the devastating effects of widespread misinformation and disinformation. Last April, our co-founders began to express concern about for our Spotify partners about the over-real consequences of COVID-19 misinformation on their platform, and we continue to express our concern to Spotify to ensure that changes are made to its platform to help resolve this “We are looking to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does.”
In their message, Meghan and Harry did not explicitly mention Rogan’s show, Joe Rogan Experience. As Page six reports, it was announced in April last year that the duo joined the president Joe Biden on Wax Live, a concert in El Lay that should encourage global vaccination efforts. But the same day, the podcast host claimed that young, healthy people do not need to get the vaccine – even though ACTUAL medical experts say otherwise, and that anyone who can be vaccinated should do so. According to Page six, the royals were (understandably) not so excited when it happened.
As you know, Meghan and Harry announced their partnership with the streaming service back in December 2020, promising at the time to host and produce original content “all with the goal of building community through shared experiences, stories and values.” However, they have only released a short holiday special with their celeb friends so far. This eventually caused some friction between the couple and Spotify lately, with The sun reports that the company has started hiring producers to create some kind of content for them. We can imagine that this recent controversy most likely has not helped the tension.
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