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Psaki Calls on Spotify to Crack Down on Joe Rogan

White House press secretary demands more censorship from streaming platform

 on 2nd February 2022 @ 8.00pm
jen psaki is calling on spotify to censor joe rogan © press
Jen Psaki is calling on Spotify to censor Joe Rogan

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is calling on Spotify to crack down on Joe Rogan by doing more to censor the podcaster on the platform.

On Tuesday, Psaki argued that Spotify isn't doing enough to censor Rogan after the platform announced it would warn users that his podcasts contain "misinformation."

On Sunday, Spotify revealed that it is publishing its new content policy and it will create a coronavirus information hub for users.

The platform said it will add new warning labels to Rogan's podcasts.

However, Democrat Joe Biden's administration believes that the censorship effort doesn't go far enough.

Psaki was asked if Spotify “should go further than” just applying a new label to warn people away from Rogan.

psaki said the biden admin wants  all major tech platforms  to censor  misinformation © press
Psaki said the Biden admin wants 'all major tech platforms' to censor 'misinformation'

"Well, last July, I, you probably know, but the Surgeon General also took the unprecedented step to issue an advisory on the risk of misinformation in public health, which is a very significant step,” Psaki said.

"And amid that, he talked about the role social media platforms have, so our hope is that all major tech platforms, and all major news sources for that matter, be responsible and be vigilant to ensure the American people have access to accurate information on something as significant as COVID-19.

"That certainly includes Spotify.”

"So this disclaimer, it’s a positive step, but we want every platform to continue doing more to call out misinformation and disinformation will also uplifting, accurate information,” she continued.

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"But ultimately, you know, our view is it’s a, it’s a, it’s a good step," Psaki later added.

"It’s a positive step, but there’s more that can be done.”

biden s surgeon general vivek murthy warned big tech must do more to censor joe rogan © press
Biden's Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned Big Tech must do more to censor Joe Rogan

TRANSCRIPT:

REPORTER: Last week, the Surgeon General also was asked on MSNBC about Joe Rogan’s vaccine comments on Spotify. And he said that tech companies have an important role to play in stopping misinformation because they’re the predominant places where misinformation spreads. Spotify is putting out advisory warnings on episodes that have to do with COVID-19. Does the White House in the administration think this is a satisfactory step? Or think that companies like Spotify should go further than just, you know, putting a label on there to say, hey, go do your own, you know, check this out, you know, there’s more research, you can look at, you know, scientific research regarding COVID?
JEN PSAKI, PRESS SECRETARY: Sure. Well, last July, I, you probably know, but the Surgeon General also took the unprecedented step to issue an advisor on the risk of misinformation in public health, which is a very significant step. And amid that, he talked about the role social media platforms have, so our hope is that all major tech platforms, and all major news sources for that matter, be responsible and be vigilant to ensure the American people have access to accurate information on something as significant as COVID-19. That certainly includes Spotify. So this disclaimer, it’s a positive step, but we want every platform to continue doing more to call out misinformation and disinformation will also uplifting, accurate information. I mean, look at the facts, right? You are 16 times more likely to be hospitalized if you’re unvaccinated and 68 times more likely to die than someone who is boosted if you’re unvaccinated. That’s pretty significant. And we think that is something that unquestionably should be the basis of how people are communicating about it. But ultimately, you know, our view is it’s a, it’s a, it’s a good step. It’s a positive step, but there’s more that can be done.

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