Report: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Raised Concerns to Spotify Over COVID Misinformation

Concerns grow across the platform

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on November 10, 2021 in New York City.
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It’s been an eventful week for discourse around Spotify, with both Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulling their music from the streaming service. Both cited frustration with the presence of COVID-19 disinformation found on the platform, with Young expressing particular frustration with some of the contents of Joe Rogan’s podcast. A new report suggests that they’re not the only high-profile voices concerned with what’s being said on the platform.

According to a new report at The Guardian, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — who signed a podcasting deal with Spotify in 2020 — have also raised concerns about people getting false information about the pandemic from the platform.

The article cites comments made by a spokesperson for the couple’s nonprofit group, the Archewell Foundation. “Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the serious harms of rampant mis- and disinformation every day,” the spokesperson said. “Last April, our co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all-too-real consequences of Covid-19 misinformation on its platform.”

They stopped short of walking away from their deal, however; the comments end with an assertion that they are “committed to continuing our work together” with Spotify.

And with other podcasters with Spotify deals — specifically, Brené Brown — also pushing back against disinformation, momentum to take some kind of action appears to be picking up.

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