This is for a discussion post Spotify has been in the news the past week.
This is for a discussion post
Spotify has been in the news the past week. Joe Rogan in 2020 signed a $100 million contract with Spotify as one of the nation’s most-listed-to podcasters, and his takes on coronavirus vaccinations do not (to put it charitably) match conventional science. He interviews people who don’t buy into the conventional science, too.
This has led to a backlash, with hundreds of health-care workers asking Spotify to remove him and some musicians (such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell) telling Spotify to take down their music because they don’t want to be involved with a company that knowingly allows misinformation to spread.
The Verge.com over the weekend showed how Spotify knew that Rogen’s talk didn’t follow Spotify rules. It noted some of the rules, which had not been made public.
The company on Sunday went public, posting its “platform rules and approach to Covid-19,” and you can go to Mediagazer and search for “Spotify publishes its long-standing Platform Rules” and look underneath to see links to the reactions. The actual “platform rules” are here.
The company says it will “add a content advisory to any podcast episode that includes a discussion about COVID-19.)
Also, Rogan posted on Instagram over the weekend to defend his podcast and apologize to Spotify for kicking up the backlash.
This stuff raises many ethical issues, related to communicating science, commerce, a platform’s ethical responsibility, the ethics of the communicator, the ethics of free speech and First Amendment, and more that you’ll think of…
Talk about such things. I’m not pointing you in any direction, but I want to see how this week’s conversation flows.
Note: Referring to the philosophical approaches you saw last week matters! Use moral philosophy, not moralizing.