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It looks like shock jock Joe Rogan might be in deep trouble with Spotify

Hundreds of scientists have just declared war on Joe Rogan and now Spotify is stuck in the crossfire.

270 professors, scientists, doctors, and health care workers have signed an open letter to the popular podcast distributor this week, calling for the platform to address the constant spread of COVID-19 misinformation by one of its most popular programs, The Joe Rogan Experience.

The letter slammed the show’s homophobic host for “broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.” It further called on Spotify to “take action against mass-misinformation events”, but stopped short of making any recommendations for discipline.

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CNBC further reports that much of the letter focuses on a December 31 broadcast in which Rogan featured Dr. Robert Malone as the guest. Twitter recently banned Malone for spreading misinformation regarding the pandemic. During the broadcast, he told Rogan there had been an “explosion of vaccine-associated deaths,” and insinuated that the pandemic is little more than a cash grab by pharmaceutical companies.

Both The Associated Press and fact-checking outlet PolitiFact immediately identified Malone’s claims as false. YouTube has already removed a video of the podcast, citing its policies against the spread of misinformation.

“Dr. Malone’s interview has reached many tens of millions of listeners vulnerable to predatory medical misinformation,” the letter said. “This is not only a scientific or medical concern; it is a sociological issue of devastating proportions and Spotify is responsible for allowing this activity to thrive on its platform.”

The letter might actually underestimate the damage. Spotify and Rogan claim The Joe Rogan Experience gets over 200 million downloads per month, suggesting that hundreds of millions of  listeners took in Malone’s erroneous remarks.

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In response, the co-signers of the letter have implored Spotify to “immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform.”

“By allowing the propagation of false and societally harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals,” they further wrote.

But this isn’t the first time Joe Rogan has come under fire for the spread of misinformation regarding COVID-19.

The shock jock has previously discouraged listeners from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, claiming that COVID actually strengthens the immune system. (It doesn’t.) He also recommended the anti-parasitic ivermectin as an effective treatment against the virus. (It’s not.) His past misinformation has even earned the ire of Dr. Anthony Fauci, prompting Rogan to refer to himself as a “moron” and “not a respected source of information.”

Here’s what folks are saying about the whole thing on Twitter…