Joe Rogan regrets “if I made you mad” by spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and blamed its enormous popularity on how far that misinformation spread.
Hours after Spotify announced a series of measures aimed at monitoring “content that promotes dangerous or dangerously misleading false medical information that may cause harm offline or pose a direct threat to public health,” Rogan defended his podcast against the rules apparently addressed to him, although Spotify never mentioned him by name.
“These podcasts are very strange because they are just conversations. And a lot of times I have no idea what I’m going to talk about until I sit down and talk to people. And that’s why some of my ideas aren’t as prepared or developed because I’m literally having them in real time, but I’m doing the best I can and it’s just conversations, and I think that’s also the appeal of the show,” the commentator said. UFC color in a 10-minute Instagram video on Sunday night.
“It’s one of the things that makes it interesting. So I want to thank Spotify for being so supportive of me during this time, and I’m so sorry that this is happening to them and that they’re taking so much of it.”
Rogan also blamed changing science for what he counts as “misinformation,” noting that cloth masks once believed to be helpful in stopping the spread of the virus are now considered less reliable than N95 or KN95 masks.
“I’m just a person who sits down and talks to people and has conversations with them. Do I do things wrong? Absolutely. I’m wrong about things, but I try to correct them. Every time something goes wrong for me, I try to correct it,” she said.
“I’m interested in telling the truth, I’m interested in finding out what the truth is, and I’m interested in having interesting conversations with people who have different opinions. I’m not interested in just talking to people who have a perspective.”
As for the podcast itself, Rogan said he’d be open to adding experts with “different opinions right after the controversial ones” and doing research before speaking to his guests.
“I’m not trying to promote misinformation, I’m not trying to be controversial,” Rogan said. “I have never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people and have interesting conversations. I didn’t plan it. I can’t believe how successful it is…an out of control behemoth that I barely have any control over.”
On Sunday afternoon, under pressure from Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Spotify Chief Executive Daniel Ek released the platform’s rules and announced a dedicated COVID-19 hub “providing easy access to data-driven, up-to-date information shared by scientists, doctors.” Any podcast that discusses COVID-19 will include a notice of content that links to the facts.
“A decade ago, we created Spotify to enable listeners around the world to hear and enjoy the work of creators from around the world. At our core, we believe that listening is everything. Pick almost any topic and you’ll find people and opinions on both sides,” Ek said in a statement.
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“Personally, there are a lot of people and points of view on Spotify that I don’t agree with. We know we have a critical role to play in supporting creator expression while balancing it with the safety of our users. In that role, it’s important to me that we don’t assume the position of being a content censor while also making sure there are rules and consequences for those who violate them.”
Young was the first domino to fall, announcing last week that he was pulling his music from Spotify in response to the platform “spreading false information about vaccines, which could potentially kill those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them.” .
Mitchell followed him, as did Nils Lofgren and researcher Dr. Brene Brown.
On Sunday, Harry and Meghan, who have an exclusive podcast deal with Spotify, called out the platform for ignoring the “all too real consequences of COVID-19 misinformation”.
“Since the inception of Archewell, we have worked to address the global disinformation crisis in real time. Hundreds of millions of people are affected by serious harm from disinformation and rampant disinformation every day,” said a representative of the foundation. of the couple in a statement.
“We continue to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes are made to their platform to help address this public health crisis. We hope that Spotify lives up to this moment and we are committed to continuing our work together as it does.”
Rogan signed an exclusive deal with Spotify in May 2020, worth $100 million, and currently draws approximately 11 million listeners per episode.