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

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Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Megan Markle visit the Nottingham Academy in Nottingham, Britain December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Andy Stenning/Pool/File Photo

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LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have expressed concern to Spotify about COVID-19 misinformation on its platform and pledged to continue working with the company, a source said on Sunday. spokesperson for their Archewell Foundation.

Singer-songwriters Neil Young and Joni Mitchell are removing their music from Spotify (SPOT.N) in protest that the popular streaming service allowed misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines to spread. Read more

Harry and Meghan have signed a series of corporate deals, including to produce and host podcasts for Spotify, as part of their efforts to earn a living following their announced split from the British royal family in 2020.

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“Hundreds of millions of people are impacted by the serious harms of rampant misinformation and disinformation every day. Last April, our co-founders began raising concerns with our partners at Spotify about the all-too-real consequences of misinformation. about COVID-19 on its platform,” the spokesperson said.

“We have continued to raise our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes are made to its platform to help address this public health crisis. We look to Spotify to address this moment and are committed to continue our work together as he does.”

Contacted by Reuters on Sunday via its website, Spotify made no immediate comment.

The Swedish company previously said it was working to balance “both the safety of listeners and the freedom of 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 released on the same platform as Joe Rogan’s top-rated postcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”. Rogan has sparked 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 lies on the podcast.

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Reporting by Michael Holden; written by Kylie MacLellan; edited by Barbara Lewis

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