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270 doctors and scientists denounce Joe Rogan’s COVID disinformation

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270 doctors and scientists denounce Joe Rogan’s COVID disinformation

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A group of 270 scientists, doctors, healthcare workers and professors signed an open letter criticizing Joe Rogan for amplifying misleading claims about the coronavirus pandemic on his hugely popular “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on Spotify.

The group, in the letter released this week, called on Spotify to establish a policy of disinformation to moderate the kind of damaging commentary that is sometimes peddled by Rogan and his guests on its platform.

Rogan has a “history of spreading disinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” they wrote.

Spotify did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Last year, Joe Rogan falsely suggested that young and healthy people don’t need to be vaccinated against the disease.

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Last year, Rogan falsely suggested that young and healthy people do not need to be vaccinated against the disease. He then backtracked, admitting he was a “fucking jerk” and “not a respected source of information, even to me.”

The comedian also suggested without merit that President Joe Biden faked receiving the callback on live television.

The group singled out a December episode in which Dr Robert Malone, who was suspended from Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, promoted “many baseless claims.”

“By allowing the spread of false and socially damaging claims, Spotify enables its hosted media to undermine public confidence in scientific research and cast doubt on the credibility of data-driven advice offered by professionals. health, ”they wrote.

Spotify has “a responsibility to mitigate the spread of disinformation on its platform,” but “currently has no disinformation policy,” they added.

Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago who signed the letter, described Rogan as “a threat to public health” for his promotion of anti-vaccine ideas.

“Having things like that on Joe Rogan’s podcast gives these people a platform and makes them a false balance. That’s what really bothers me, ”Wallace told Rolling Stone. “These are marginal ideas that are not backed by science, and having them on a huge platform makes it seem like there are two sides to this issue. And there really isn’t. The overwhelming evidence is that the vaccine works and is safe. ”


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