Joe Rogan has responded to the controversy over recent podcast episodes in which he has been accused of spreading dangerous misinformation about the pandemic.
Just over a month ago, 270 medical and science experts signed an open letter asking Spotify to remove the December episode of Joe Rogan Experiencewhich features Dr. Robert Mallon, an infectious disease specialist (and vaccine skeptic), who, according to PolitiFacthas been banned from Twitter for violating the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policies.
as Watchman Reports, “Both men have been criticized for promoting numerous baseless conspiracy theories, including the false claim that hospitals are being financially incentivized to diagnose deaths as caused by Covid-19.”
“The appearance [also] I urged inviting White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss Malone on the show” (Watchman).
The controversy recently prompted musician Neil Young to accuse Rogan of selling “lies for money” and leave Spotify with an ultimatum: me or Joe. Spotify stuck with Rogan. The youth left immediately. Young followed two other artists in leaving Spotify in protest (although no big names like Beyoncé or Bieber have joined the boycott yet).
Rogan took to Instagram today, posting the following video to address the controversy.
“I wanted to make a video, first and foremost, because I think there are a lot of people who have a distorted perception of what I do, perhaps based on audio clips or headlines of articles that insult my ability,” Rogan said.
“The podcast has been accused of spreading serious misinformation, specifically about two episodes,” Rogan added.
One with Dr. Peter A. McCullough and the other with Dr. Robert Malone. Rogan said: “Dr Peter A.
Rogan continued: “Dr. Robert Malone owns 9 patents for creating mRNA vaccine technology and is at least partially responsible for creating the technology that led to mRNA vaccines. Both of these guys are highly credible, highly intelligent, very witty people who have a different opinion of the prevailing narrative.”
Others (such as Young) put it less favourably, describing Rogan’s talk to these opponents as irresponsible at best, and profit-oriented at worst.
Read more about Robert Malone and his background here.
“I wanted to hear their opinion, I was showing them, those episodes were [then accused of]…the presence of serious misinformation in them.”
“The problem I have with the term disinformation, especially today, is that many things that we thought were misinformation a short time ago are now accepted as fact,” Rogan continued.
Then Rogan included some allegations that he said eight months ago, you could have seen that you launched the social media platform to make it, which is now accepted by mainstream media like CNN As a fact (like questioning the efficacy of cloth masks, or saying you can still catch and transmit COVID even if you’ve been vaccinated).
While this is technically true (we’re constantly learning about COVID), many argue “that [still] Not that people should broadcast non-peer-reviewed medical information on one of the world’s largest podcasts.”
The problem many people have with Rogan isn’t the fact that Rogan had controversial conversations, but rather that he doesn’t know if the experts he has on his show are right, and then – as his critics argue – bears little accountability for it. Have these conversations in front of millions of listeners.
as Junki Today reported: “Even Rogan himself maintains that he doesn’t know if the experts he has on his show are right, and that he simply enjoys having conversations. Needless to say, the issue isn’t Rogan’s desire to talk, it’s the fact that he bears little accountability. about having these conversations in front of millions of listeners.”
As Rogan said in today’s video, “I don’t know if they’re right, I don’t know because I’m not a doctor and I’m not a scientist. I’m just someone who sits and talks to people and talks to them.”
This issue of accountability is something Rogan said today he is keen to improve.
Rogan thanked his critics, and said he wanted to improve the way he performed the controversial episodes, by adding a disclaimer and having an instant interview with someone with an expert consensus perspective, afterward.
“One of the things Spotify wants to do is that at the beginning of the controversial podcasts, especially the ones about COVID, put a disclaimer and say you should talk to your doctor and [warn people] “The opinions of these people that they express contradict the opinion of the expert consensus, ‘which I think is very important and I am happy with that.'”
“These podcasts are so weird because they’re just conversations. A lot of times, I have no idea what I’m going to talk about until I sit down and talk to people. That’s why some of my ideas aren’t made or materialized because I’m literally using them in real time — and that too is Attractive display.
Rogan also said he would try to do a better job of being better prepared and having a better set of facts on hand when discussing controversial topics.
In Neil Young’s ultimatum, Rogan said, “I’m so sorry they feel this way. I’m a Neil Young fan.”
Then he shared Neil Young’s story about when he used to work as a security guard at a place where Neil Young used to play.
In a statement issued Sunday, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said: “At our core, we believe listening is everything. Pick almost any issue and you’ll find people and opinions on both sides of it. Personally, there are a lot of individuals and opinions on Spotify with whom I strongly disagree.”
“We know we have an important role to play in supporting the creator’s expression while balancing it with the safety of our users. In this role, it’s important to me not to take the position of censoring content while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them.”
“I trust our policies, the research and experience that helps us develop them, and our ambition to apply them in a way that allows for broad discussion and discussion, within the lines. We take this very seriously and will continue to partner with experts and invest heavily in the functionality of our platform and product capabilities for the benefit of our creators and listeners on Both. This does not mean that we always get it right, but we are committed to learning, growing and developing.”
Spotify has also released new rules for the platform, which cover (prohibit) the promotion of violence and hate, as well as its policy on “dangerous deceptive medical information.”
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