Hundreds of medical professionals, including Canadians from Guelph and McGill, have written an open letter to Spotify asking the streaming giant to enforce a misinformation policy following a controversial episode of the Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) podcast.
The group that signed the letter say they are “a coalition of scientists, medical professionals, professors and science communicators, spanning multiple fields” and are demanding that Spotify stop “massive misinformation incidents”. Take action to counter it.
Specifically, the letter states that a recent episode of JRE featured Dr. Robert Malone, the so-called anti-vaccine darling.
“This episode has been criticized for promoting unfounded conspiracy theories and JRE has a related history of circulating misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” to the open letter. Reads, which have been signed by about 300 professionals.
From actively discouraging vaccination in young people to promoting ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 in the face of FDA warnings, the medical community is deeply concerned about the impact the vaccine can have on vulnerable audiences.
“Notably, Dr. Malone is one of two recent JRE guests who have compared pandemic policies to the Holocaust,” the open letter reads. “These actions are not only offensive and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous.”
While Spotify doesn’t share information about how many downloads or listens to its podcast episodes, the open letter states that “several tens of millions of listeners” have been subjected to violent medical misinformation as a result of the podcast.
The episode in question is still available on Spotify, but not on YouTube, which actively blocks anti-vaccine content.
Recently, Rogan said that his 4/20 show would be canceled because his vaccine status is not in line with Canada’s vaccine mandate.
With files from Tyler Jahdah