Why Spotify picked Joe Rogan over Neil Young in its misinformation fight

The latest controversy erupted over Rogan’s December interview with Robert Malone, a scientist and widely criticised mRNA vaccine sceptic who has been banned from tweeting after running afoul of Twitter’s Covid-19 misinformation policies. — Getty Images/TNS

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, many popular digital content platforms have adopted “misinformation” policies to limit users from sharing inaccurate or misleading information like hyping unproven treatments or making wild accusations about federally approved vaccines.

Some platforms’ policies specifically address the virus: Twitter users, for example, can’t “share false or misleading information about Covid-19 which may lead to harm.” Other policies are more generic, but can be applied to Covid-19, such as Apple Podcasts’ restriction on content “that may lead to harmful or dangerous outcomes.”

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