A group of doctors, physicians, and scientists called for Spotify, the home of the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, to implement a policy to prevent the host from spreading “predatory medical misinformation.”
In an open letter, 270 medical professionals demanded that Spotify “immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation,” in order to protect Joe Rogan’s estimated 11 million listeners from “the mass-misinformation events which continue to occur on its platform.”
They cited a New Year’s Eve episode of the podcast featuring Dr. Robert Malone, who was suspended by Twitter over COVID-19 claims and comparing the government’s pandemic policies to the Holocaust, as “actions are not only objectionable and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous.”
“Mass-misinformation events of this scale have extraordinarily dangerous ramifications,” they wrote. “We bear the arduous weight of a pandemic that has stretched our medical systems to their limits and only stands to be exacerbated by the anti-vaccination sentiment woven into this and other episodes of Rogan’s podcast.”
They also directly attacked Rogan for spreading “misleading and false claims on his podcast, provoking distrust in science and medicine,” by discouraging vaccinations in young people, promoting Ivermectin, and “incorrectly” claiming that mRNA vaccines are “gene therapy.”
“This is not only a scientific or medical concern; it is a sociological issue of devastating proportions and Spotify is responsible for allowing this activity to thrive on its platform,” the letter concluded.
On Tuesday, Rogan disclosed that numerous celebrities have been contacting him to discuss how he treated COVID-19 when he contracted it last year.
“It’s weird, I’ll get messages from celebrities, like random celebrities, usually about COVID advice,” he explained. “I’ve helped dozens of people… That I’ve never brought their names up, famous actors, musicians, they just contact me for COVID advice.”
Joe Rogan tells Tim Dillon that he has helped dozens of celebrities with COVID advice. pic.twitter.com/y1v31o6sdQ
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