COVID misinformation alarms Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

It’s been a hectic week for talk around Spotify, with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulling their music from the streaming service. Both cited their frustration with the presence of COVID-19 misinformation found on the platform, with Young expressing particular frustration with some content from Joe Rogan’s podcast. A new report suggests they aren’t the only high-level voices affected by what’s being said on the platform.

According to a new report from The GuardianPrince Harry and Meghan Markle – who signed a podcasting deal with Spotify in 2020 – have also raised concerns about people getting false information about the pandemic from the platform.

The article cites comments from a spokesperson for the couple’s non-profit group, the Archewell Foundation. “Hundreds of millions of people are impacted every day by the severe harm caused by rampant misinformation and disinformation,” the spokesperson said. “Last April, our co-founders began raising concerns with our partners at Spotify about the all-too-real consequences of Covid-19 misinformation on its platform.”

However, they stopped short of walking away from their deal; the comments end with a statement that they are “committed to continuing our work together” with Spotify.

And with other podcasters with Spotify deals — in particular, Brené Brown — also pushing back against the misinformation, the momentum to take some sort of action seems to be gathering momentum.

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