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Spotify Adding Advisory Labels to Podcast Episodes Talking COVID

In recent days, Neil Young, Nils Lofgren, and Joni Mitchell have all left Spotify citing Joe Rogan’s propensity to disseminate “COVID misinformation.”

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Spotify will attach advisory labels to podcasts that discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement, which was made on the company’s website, did not specifically mention Joe Rogan who has come under fire from several musical artists who use Spotify to distribute their music.

In recent days, Neil Young, Nils Lofgren, and Joni Mitchell have all left Spotify citing Rogan’s propensity to disseminate “COVID misinformation.”

According to Mediate, the Swedish-based company is under tremendous pressure to censor Rogan’s discussions ever since his controversial interview with Dr. Robert Malone.

The company said, “this new effort to combat misinformation will roll out to countries around the world in the coming days. To our knowledge, this content advisory is the first of its kind by a major podcast platform.”

Rogan signed an exclusive content deal with Spotify in 2020 worth an estimated $100 million.

“This advisory will direct listeners to our dedicated COVID-19 Hub, a resource that provides easy access to data-driven facts, up-to-date information as shared by scientists, physicians, academics and public health authorities around the world, as well as links to trusted sources,” the statement said.

Last week, Spotify removed Neil Young’s music from the platform after the singer demanded that the company choose between keeping him or Joe Rogan.

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Joe Rogan Tops Top 50 Podcast Chart for the First Quarter of 2022

Other news media podcasts that are in the top ten include The New York Times’ “The Daily,” “NBC Dateline,” and “The Ben Shapiro Show.”

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The podcasting industry is one way many consume news media, and one way its ratings are measured is through the Edison Research, which announced the Top 50 Podcast chart for the first quarter of 2022.

When it comes to the number one podcast on the list for these measures, it’s Joe Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which holds onto its top spot, per Radio Ink. Other news media podcasts that are in the top ten include The New York Times’ “The Daily,” “NBC Dateline,” and “The Ben Shapiro Show.”

Here are the entire top 10 shows for Q1:

1. The Joe Rogan Experience

2. Crime Junkie (up from #3 in Q4 2021)

3. The Daily

4. This American Life

5. My Favorite Murder (up from #6 in Q4 2021)

6. Stuff You Should Know

7. Office Ladies

8. Dateline NBC (enters the Top 10)

9. The Ben Shapiro Show (enters the Top 10)

10. Call Her Daddy

The list rates the 50 biggest podcasts by audience measure based on Edison Podcast Metrics, which calculates the comparable audience size and demographics of all podcast networks in the U.S.

Furthermore, these measures are founded on substantial podcast listening, not downloads, and do not need an opt-in from podcast networks.

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Jack Dorsey Agrees with the Return of Donald Trump to Twitter

Musk stated on Tuesday that he would overturn a ban on former President Donald Trump.

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Soon-to-be Twitter owner Elon Musk stated on Tuesday that he would overturn a ban on former President Donald Trump. While speaking at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car event, the Tesla CEO stated he would change “the morally wrong and flat-out stupid” decision.

“I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme,” Musk said. “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald trump I think that was a mistake … It alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey agrees with Musk, saying that Trump belongs on Twitter, as do other individuals the social media platform has banned.

“I do agree. There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc.), but generally, permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work, which I wrote about here after the event (and called for a resilient social media protocol),” Dorsey tweeted in response to Musk’s remarks. 

Despite there being the possibility of Trump returning to Twitter, the former president has no intentions of returning as he’s keen on growing his social media outlet, TRUTH Social. 

“I am not going on Twitter; I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump said. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it, and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”

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Piers Morgan: Protest at the Homes of Chief Justice’s “Domestic Terrorism”

“It’s not a run-of-the-mill protest when you basically terrorize the senior judge of the country at home when they have young kids,” said Morgan.

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The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that purportedly would overturn Roe v. Wade is drawing protestors to the homes of some of the Supreme Court Justices, including Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts.

“Uncensored” talk show host Piers Morgan believes some of these people are acting like domestic terrorists. He made those comments while talking to SiriusXM’s Megyn Kelly Monday.

“It’s not a run-of-the-mill protest when you basically terrorize the senior judge of the country at home when they have young kids,” said Morgan. “That’s a form of domestic terrorism that’s going on.”

Kelly referred to the protestors as “dumb” and reiterated that the leaked opinion doesn’t necessarily represent the majority needed to overturn the landmark abortion ruling. “They’re just dopes. Right, so they just go to the Chief Justice’s home for no reason,” she added.

“To me, it’s disgusting, and it’s actually deeply problematic because I think it’s an open attempt to intimidate a court. — Our White House here continues to shrug it off like ‘Protests are really a good thing; this is just a run-of-the-mill protest,” Kelly said.

You can watch the full interview here

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