Leftists are calling for platforms to ban famous podcast host Joe Rogan and political and social commentator Jordan Peterson to prevent the spread of so-called “misinformation.”
Jordan Peterson is known for his challenges to liberal philosophy. YouTuber Ethan Klein said he regretted hosting Peterson on his show because he was “alt-right” and allegedly spread COVID-19 “misinformation.”
“Years ago I interviewed Jordan Peterson before I was very familiar with his politics - he was an interesting guest who I enjoyed sitting with,” Klein tweeted. “But, especially now, I can see he's a dangerous gateway to alt-right, transphobia, and covid misinfo. I removed both interviews today.”
Rogan is also in the left’s crosshairs after he challenged the narrative on COVID-19. Rogan has hosted COVID-19 skeptics on his show and has opposed government mandates regarding the virus.
In an open letter, 270 doctors asked Spotify to remove Rogan’s podcast to stop so-called “misinformation” about COVID-19.
“With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence,” the letter read. “Though Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, the company presently has no misinformation policy.”
Infectious disease epidemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera contributed to the letter and said on CNN that the audio streaming platform should put "warning signs" and "banners" on the podcast and tell users that the show’s "information is actually incorrect."
“When I saw they were falling victim to this, I spoke to some colleagues and we said something has to be done at this point,” she told Rolling Stone.
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