Spotify’s chief executive officer, Daniel Ek, has stated that content advisories will be added to podcast episodes in an effort to counteract disinformation concerning COVID-19.
The Swedish audio streaming service said in a blog post on Jan. 30 that it was “working to add a content advisory to any podcast episode that includes a discussion about COVID-19.”
The proposed alert follows Spotify’s removal of Neil Young’s songs after the musician accused podcaster Joe Rogan of disseminating incorrect information regarding coronavirus vaccines and “potentially causing death.”
Young stated on Wednesday that Spotify accounted for 60% of his music’s global streaming and that the removal of his tracks from the platform signals “a huge loss for my record company to absorb,” but that his music will “live on in a better place” soon.
Spotify stated on Jan. 27 that it would delete Young’s tracks from its site after giving the business an ultimatum between getting rid of Rogan, who runs Spotify’s top-rated podcast, or him.
Spotify’s new recommendation, when implemented, will send users to a COVID center where they can access “data-driven facts” and “up-to-date information” from scientists, clinicians, academics, public health authorities, and other “trusted sources,” according to a blog post published on Sunday.
Podcasts from the BBC, Politico, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and other mainstream media outlets are currently available on the platform.
The new content advisory policy, according to Spotify, will be pushed out to consumers worldwide in the coming days and is “the first of its kind by a major podcast platform.”
“Personally, there are plenty of individuals and views on Spotify that I disagree with strongly. We know we have a critical role to play in supporting creator expression while balancing it with the safety of our users. In that role, it is important to me that we don’t take on the position of being content censor while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them,” Ek said.
The tech giant said in a blog post on Sunday that it will also reveal existing platform standards to assist creators understand how the company evaluates all content on its platform.
Creators, such as artists and podcasters, are prohibited from publishing “content that promotes harmful false or dangerous deceptive medical information that may cause offline harm or poses a direct threat to public health,” according to the newly released guidelines.
This includes claiming that COVID-19 is a hoax or not real, as well as urging people to intentionally become infected with the virus in order to gain immunity.
The standards were created by the streaming giant’s own staff in collaboration with external experts and are “regularly updated to reflect the changing safety landscape,” according to the company.
Spotify will also begin testing ways to emphasize platform regulations in its creator and publisher tools, in an effort to boost awareness among artists about what is and isn’t acceptable content and “help creators understand their accountability for the content they share,” according to the company.
The streaming service also admitted that its actions have been “biased” since the outbreak of COVID-19, saying that it has sponsored a number of campaigns to raise awareness about the virus and donated to the World Health Organization and COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) to increase vaccination equity.
However, Ek stated that he trusts Spotify’s principles, as well as the company’s “aspiration to apply them in a way that allows for broad debate and discussion, within the boundaries,” as well as the “research and expertise” behind them.
“We take this very seriously, and we’ll continue to work with experts and invest extensively in our platform’s functionality and product possibilities for the benefit of both producers and listeners.” “That doesn’t mean we always do it right,” Ek said, “but we are committed to learning, growing, and evolving.”
Rogan’s podcasts have millions of listeners per episode, and Spotify owns the show’s exclusive rights, yet Rogan retains complete creative control. When it comes to discussing his thoughts on the pandemic, government regulations, and COVID-19 vaccines, the former television host has been outspoken.
It goes without saying that the stance of someone with as much credibility as Robert Malone is much more reliable than Neil Young. Or anyone yapping about the efficacy of MRNA technology for that matter. If you aren’t for freedom, you aren’t for America. Most people don’t even know about the tyranny imposed on citizens of other nations in regard to COVID vaccination legislature. Yet, they still have the nerve to say that we’re the narrow minded individuals. It’s imperative that we rid ourselves of our prideful nature, and set an example for those who seek to persecute us. Because if we don’t choose to pursue the values our lord and savior set before us, we’ll be subject to the same condemnation as our inconsiderate neighbors.
No one man can make sense of this elaborate illusion cast over the common man of society, but collectively we can point out each limitation forced upon us and bring it forward as an injustice to the public. In Matthew 10:34 Jesus says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” We’re meant to go down preaching the gospel and guiding others to salvation. This could be considered the bravest task a man or woman of faith could undertake, but make no mistake it will bear fruit in the kingdom of heaven. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
Representatives grilled two Biden administration appointees on U.S. pipeline infrastructure, energy costs, and a potential ban on liquefied natural gas exports at a House Energy Subcommittee hearing on Jan. 19.
H.R. 6084, the “Energy Product Reliability Act,” introduced by Subcommittee Chair Bobby Rush, prompted the hearing.
The bill would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to certify the Energy Product Reliability Corporation, a new regulatory entity (ERPO). ERPO is modeled after the Energy Reliability Organization ERO, which is in charge of overseeing the electric grid and is overseen by FERC.
ERPO would create and enforce energy pipeline reliability requirements, such as those for natural gas, hydrogen, and petroleum pipelines. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is in responsibility of approving or disapproving those criteria, according to the law. ERPO would be expected to create standards for physical security, cybersecurity, and the upkeep of reliable power generation, among other things.
The bill comes half a year after the Keystone XL project was halted due to the Biden administration’s denial of a vital permit. Despite increasing demand, U.S. energy production has plateaued since the Biden administration delayed building of the Keystone XL pipeline, and imposed an unconstitutional freeze to new oil and gas projects on federal lands, and suppressed U.S. oil and gas production through a number of other measures. Oil, natural gas, and gasoline prices have all surged as a result, as expected.
Since Joe Biden took office, home heating oil prices have risen by more than 30%. Crude oil prices have increased by more than half. The cost of natural gas has increased. The price of gasoline has risen by nearly $1 per gallon. All of this was superfluous. To the degree that rising energy prices are putting a strain on American consumers’ wallets, the solution is straightforward: stop suffocating domestic energy production.
Because of its climate change agenda, the Biden administration contends that reducing American oil and natural gas production is justified and necessary. Even Democratic political strategist Mark Penn admitted on November 8 that the American people prefer energy independence over new carbon-cutting measures.
The Line 5 pipeline between Michigan and Canada, which Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has tried to shut down, has also sparked debate, despite the White House claiming in November 2021 that it had no plans to shut it down.
Two Biden energy appointees testified before the House of Representatives. Richard Glick, a former general counsel for Senate Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and government affairs director for Berkshire Hathaway’s PacifiCorp, was one of them. After being appointed to the FERC by President Donald Trump, Glick was raised to chair by President Joe Biden.
During the session, Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk also testified. Turk began his career on Capitol Hill, working for then-Senator Kent Conrad and later, then-Senator Joe Biden before serving in a variety of capacities under President Barack Obama.
Rush claimed that his bill would help prevent natural gas distribution concerns like those that happened during the February 2021 winter storm in Texas, and that it would be similar to present electricity delivery standards.
“All Americans deserve reliable energy,” Rush said in his opening remarks, “and they need to know that the pipelines that deliver that energy are dependable.”
Rush’s proposed legislation, according to Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton, would dramatically expand FERC’s regulatory power while potentially risking American safety.
“Everyone knows energy prices are the number one issue right now, the highest prices in seven years yet the majority has not scheduled a hearing,” he remarked.
Representatives should instead try to pass H.R. 3078, the “Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act,” according to Upton. It was inspired, like Rush’s bill, by the hack on the Colonial Pipeline in May 2021, which cut off many Americans’ access to gasoline.
The picture painted here is clear, Joe Biden does not want America to be energy independent. Our current administration seeks to undermine progress that it promised to protect, in exchange for skin in the game as a globalist technocracy. No one man can make sense of this elaborate illusion cast over the common man of society, but collectively we can point out each limitation forced upon us and bring it forward as an injustice to the public. In Matthew 10:34 Jesus says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” We’re meant to go down preaching the gospel and guiding others to salvation. This could be considered the bravest task a man or woman of faith could undertake, but make no mistake it will bear fruit in the kingdom of heaven. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.