Joe Rogan, Spotify controversy causes Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to express ‘concerns’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have expressed their concerns over the spread of COVID-19 misinformation on Spotify, where they have a podcasting deal.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed an agreement with the popular music and podcast streamer in 2020 that will allow them to produce content for the platform through Archewell Audio, a branch of their larger Archewell brand.

But in the wake of artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulling their respective music catalogs off the platform in a protest action against Joe Rogan for spreading misinformation about the pandemic on his podcast, Harry and Meghan revealed to Fox News Digital that they too have had their concerns .

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry commented on misinformation on Spotify in the wake of Joe Rogan’s various critics. (Theo Wargo / Getty Images for Global Citizen – Vivian Zink / Syfy / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images / Getty Images)

“Since the inception of Archewell, we have been working to address the global misinformation crisis in real time. Hundreds of millions of people are affected every day by the devastating effects of widespread misinformation and disinformation,” an Archewell spokesman said in a statement. “Last April, our co-founders began expressing concern to our Spotify partners about the over-real consequences of COVID-19 misinformation on their platform. We continue to express our concern to Spotify to ensure that changes are made to their platform to help deal with this public health crisis. “

The statement concludes: “We look to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does.”

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Joe Rogan faces backlash from other artists on Spotify. (Photo by Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC) / Getty Images)

After agreeing to remove Young’s music from its platform, Spotify issued a statement saying they have policies in place to remove misleading content from its platform and have removed more than 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 since its inception. of the pandemic. However, it did not directly address “The Joe Rogan Experience”.

The platform has remained quiet on Rogan, who became exclusive with the platform in 2020, even after being the center of controversy over misinformation.

Last month, for example, on his podcast, Rogan interviewed Dr. Robert Malone, an infectious disease specialist who has been banned from Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID. Prior to that, he had previously had setbacks to tell “young and healthy” listeners to skip the vaccine.

Joni Mitchell and Neil Young remove their music from Spotify in a protest action against Joe Rogan. (Getty Images)

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Rogan is one of the streaming service’s biggest stars, with a contract that could earn him more than $ 100 million.

Fox Business’ Melissa Roberto and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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