You probably remember a few months ago when you couldn’t turn on the news, check Twitter, or talk to your conservative uncle who worked with Spotify for over $200 million without bringing up the Joe Rogan issue. We signed a special deal for a large amount. In January, 270 doctors and scientists published an open letter to Spotify urging it to pursue a policy of disinformation in light of Rogan’s podcast, which has topped Spotify’s virus charts time and time again and serves as a platform for false stories. Music icons like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell then removed their libraries from the platform in protest, prompting Spotify to recently release its platform rules. Two months after Spotify promised to launch the feature, it issued a warning about the content of podcasts discussing COVID-19.
The recommendation is a blue bar that appears above podcast episodes that discuss COVID-19, prompting listeners to click to learn more. This brings users to the COVID-19 information center, which was added in March 2020. gaming-updates asked Spotify how its app determines which episode of a podcast is about COVID-19. Tip appears when episode metadata including title, description, or tags include “COVID-19”, “Coronavirus”, words such as “or” pandemic” appear, but Spotify has not yet confirmed how this feature works, so, if it’s just a metadata scan, it’s not clear why it took two full months to roll out, especially since the content was already curated at the COVID-19 hub.
Social platforms such as Twitter have acted quickly in an attempt to stop the spread of misinformation about COVID-19. Just days after the lockdown began in the US, Twitter banned all tweets that could have contributed to the spread of the virus. Two months later, he issued a coronavirus warning about tweets that may contain false information. Competing streaming services such as Apple Podcasts do not have such advisory warnings, although Apple Podcasts also does not fund a podcaster who entertains with right-wing conspiracy theorists.
Despite a PR nightmare such as the social media boycott of Spotify, the backlash did little to advance Spotify’s competitors. Spotify remains dominant, although other platforms are slowly starting to take the lead.