WHY Harry and Meghan Markle attacked Spotify after the streaming giant was accused by Joe Rogan of hosting objectionable content.
A couple were under pressure to give up their massive £18m contract with the company from the point of view of American commentators.
And in a statement released today, they said they spoke to Spotify bosses about their concerns.
“Since the founding of Archewell, we have worked to address the global misinformation crisis in real time,” they said.
“Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the serious harm of misinformation and misinformation every day.
“Last April, our co-founders began voicing concerns to our partners at Spotify about all the all-too-real consequences of Covid misinformation on its platform. .
“We have continued to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure that changes to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis.
“We look forward to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it is.”
Spotify previously said it bans “false or dangerous deceptive content about Covid-19, which could be harmful offline and/or pose a direct threat to public health.”
The platform is home to the podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ – the top-rated show on the site – as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archewell Audio.
Rogan is accused spreading life-threatening lies about Covid and vaccines.
The 54-year-old has been controversial with his views on the pandemic, government mandates and efforts to control the spread of coronavirus.
The vaccine is safe. The government is starting to propose a boost as Omicron surges – bringing Britons out of the crisis without further lockdowns.
Just four months ago, Harry attacks on social media and news for “peddler lies” about vaccinesclaiming the only way to “get over” Covid is to “break the system” of misinformation.
And he has also publicly pleaded for vaccine equity, saying vaccines should be distributed “to people everywhere”.
But royal biographer Angela Levin, who spent a year with Harry, said she believes he will never walk away from his Spotify deal.
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She told Sun Online: “Harry has accused many countries, including the UK, of not doing enough to vaccinate people around the world in poor countries.
“Now he is working and making money from a company [who have employed someone] who is anti-vaxxer. “
Spotify has been waiting over a year for Meghan and Harry to produce more podcast content.
Existing company take the output of the Sussexes “into their own hands”.
The streaming giant said it was expecting a “full-scale” launch of the shows in 2021 – but nothing came of it.
And after the long wait, a bunch of in-house producers were hired to finally deliver the content to the royals.
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Bosses are now recruiting new internal staff to work with Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Audio for a show featuring “voices of high-class women”.
But any material they produce from now on will have to compete for hits with Rogan’s show.
Ms Levin said: “I don’t think there’s a chance for Harry to leave [Spotify].
“One, because he still hasn’t left Netflix despite being incredibly rude about his mother and his father and all the Royals.
“He didn’t seem to care.
“He’s also now known for being hypocritical after teaching us not to fly but to fly on a private jet himself.
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“He was very angry about [the lack of access to vaccines in poorer country’s] and is working with someone who is advocating the exact opposite. “
Meanwhile, it is thought Meghan could relaunch her lifestyle blog after she applied to reactivate the brand name The Tig.
The Duchess launched the blog in 2014 when she was cast in the legal drama Suits. It is named after her favorite Tignanello wine.
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Meghan and Harry’s note isn’t the first time Spotify has faced controversy over Rogan.
In early January, a group of doctors, scientists and medics signed an open letter to the streaming giant, citing Rogan’s “relevant history” when it comes to the pandemic.
It comes after Rogan interviewed virologist Dr Robert Malone, who worked on early research on vaccines but is now criticizing them.
Fact-checkers have vehemently refuted Dr Malone’s claim that vaccination puts people who’ve had Covid at a higher risk of contracting the disease.
Dr Malone also said world leaders had hypnotized the public in favor of vaccines, drawing parallels between the pandemic and the rise of the Nazi party in 1930s Germany.
Rogan himself says he’s “not an anti-vax” and believes the stabs are “safe”.
“I … encourage more people to take them,” he said.
But he refuses to back down from claims that young people don’t “need” vaccines.
Rogan has also been criticized in the US for touting the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as a treatment for coronavirus.
Neil Young’s music has been pulled from Spotify after he called for Rogan’s firing.
The performer told the company this week: “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
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