Spotify is Creating a Council to Prevent Harmful Content: Audio streaming platform Spotify has formed a third-party security advisory council to prevent hate speech, fake information, extremism, or online harassment.
Spotify announced the formation of the council on Monday.
Earlier this year, controversy erupted over the Joe Rogan Experience, with the popular podcaster accused of spreading misinformation about the Covid-19.
Following the controversy, forming a new council is seen as another step toward tackling Spotify’s “harmful content” on its own platform. The platform claims that the move is not in the context of a specific event.
The 18-member council includes representatives from the US government, the civil rights group Center for Democracy and Technology, the University of Gutenberg in Sweden, and the Institute for Technology and Society in Brazil.
Reuters reported that these experts will advise Spotify on different content and policy issues.
“Their understanding with these experts is also being added to this initiative. Because many of them have been working on this for many years.” — Dustee Jenkins, head of global public relations at Spotify.
“And we need to ensure that we are in regular contact with them, not just because of the situation. This will allow us to be more proactive about what we think about the company’s various problems.”
However, the council is actually at the advisory level, and Spotify will not be obliged to implement their advice. Spotify will try to get the board to consider their views and feedback on various issues.
Among the participants are Mark Little, founder of the internet security site Kinzen, and Ain Car, currently working as a consultant for Spotify.
In addition, Ronaldo Lemos, who played a crucial role in shaping Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights, will add his regional experience to the medium.
Spotify’s head of security, Sarah Hail, said the advisory council was not set up because of “specific circumstances” but to recognize the challenges facing the global service in the face of ongoing threats.
“It simply came to our notice then. They are spread across the world, just like our medium’s users and content creators.”
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