Joe Rogan apologizes as Spotify-COVID row takes new turn

Popular U.S. podcaster Joe Rogan has apologized amid a backlash against COVID-19 misinformation in his programme.

His platform, Spotify Technology is adding a “content advisory” to any episode with discussion of COVID.

Rogan is a prominent vaccine skeptic and he has stirred controversy with his views on the pandemic and on vaccines.

Singer-songwriters Neil Young and Joni Mitchell announced last week that they were removing their music from Spotify in protest at coronavirus misinformation broadcast on the platform.

In the same vein, 270 scientists and medical professionals wrote urging Spotify to prevent Rogan spreading falsehoods.

In a 10-minute Instagram video post on Sunday evening, Rogan apologized to Spotify for the backlash but defended inviting contentious guests.

“If I pissed you off, I’m sorry,” Rogan said. “I will do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people’s perspectives so we can maybe find a better point of view.”

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have also expressed their concern to Spotify.