Someone leaked Spotify’s incredibly lenient ‘medical misinformation’ rules
As a critic of Spotify – and specifically its continued support for its podcast The Joe Rogan Experience—has continued to spread in recent weeks, the streaming company sticks to one clear line: Nothing Rogan did—expressing his support for taking ivermectin to treat COVID-19, suggesting that young and healthy people should not be vaccinated against the disease, or, Following recently his (and therefore Spotify) platform decision Noted disinformation spreader Robert Malone – broke the company’s own rules, unseen policies on medical misinformation.
Which, in fact, actually exist. And, wouldn’t you know: They set such a ridiculously low bar for actual “misinformation” that Rogan and his show managed to break it.
It is by The edge, who got hold of a leaked copy of the guidelines (which have apparently been in place “for years”), and which we will just reproduce here in full. Basically Spotify will deem an episode in violation if it contains:
Content that promotes harmful false or misleading healthcare content that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health such as:
Denying the existence of AIDS or COVID-19
Encourage the deliberate contraction of a serious or life-threatening disease
Suggest that drinking bleach can cure various diseases and ailments
Suggesting that wearing a mask will cause the wearer imminent and potentially fatal physical harm
Promoting or suggesting that vaccines are designed to cause death
So: As long as Rogan, or guests like recent pal Jordan Peterson, To dodon’t really say COVID is fake but you should go catch it, that vaccines were literally designed as a plot to kill people, and that we should all be drinking bleach to deal with it, his broadcast is clear. (Oh, and you can’t say the masks will actually kill you, although this does focus on “imminent and life-threatening physical injury” suggests a parcel leeway.)
Anyway: Kudos to Spotify for sticking to an allegedly loose set of standards that they annoyed Neil Young into jumping ship and into the arms of Jeff Bezos, of all people; classic rock legend removed his music from the service earlier this week, and pointed out his fans on social media to its catalog on Amazon Music, instead.