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Spotify will now label podcasts that talk about COVID-19 after Joe Rogan backlash

Rogan has also responded on Instagram.

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Spotify is making some changes to its platform amidst the backlash surrounding its popular podcaster, Joe Rogan. The platform will add a new advisory tag to any podcast that discusses COVID-19. Additionally, Spotify has published its rules and COVID policies on its website.

The recent drama surrounding Spotify began last week. First, popular rock artist Neil Young asked the platform to remove his music because of COVID misinformation spread by Joe Rogan and guests on his podcast.

Spotify sided with Rogan and removed Young’s music, which led to other artists, like Joni Mitchell and Nils Lofgren, removing their music from the platform.

Rogan has since issued his own response to the controversy via an Instagram Live post. In his response, Rogan thanked Spotify for having his back. He also apologized to the platform, saying, “I’m very sorry that this is happening to them and that they’re taking so much from it.”

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Spotify has now shared its own response, acknowledging that the platform needs to be more open about its policies. The company has now published its rules in an easy-to-find place right on its website.

The rules include a section that says dangerous or deceptive medical information that poses a direct threat to public health will not be tolerated.

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I can’t quite pinpoint why it took this long for Spotify to publish its platform rules on the website. But the company finally did, in an effort to become more transparent with its users. I also really like the idea of labeling podcasts that talk about COVID-19.

As Rogan said in his own response, he is not a medical professional and doesn’t really know what he’s talking about most of the time.

But at the end of the day, it’s important that we, as listeners, recognize that this guy is just an entertainer and that we definitely shouldn’t be taking what he’s saying as life or health advice.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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