Nearly 300 doctors and scientists demand Spotify stop Joe Rogan spreading ‘anti-vax misinformation’

Hundreds of doctors and scientists have signed an open letter to Spotify accusing Joe Rogan of pushing ‘anti-vax misinformation’ on his podcast – with one branding him a ‘menace to public health’.

A total of 270 experts and medical professionals called on the streaming giant to adopt a misinformation policy after the comedian hosted the controversial Dr Robert Malone last month.

During a three-hour and six-minute interview on the now-viral episode #1757 of The Joe Rogan Experience, Malone compared the US to Nazi Germany and said today’s society was suffering from a ‘mass formation psychosis’ over the use of vaccines.

He also claimed to be part of the team that invented the mRNA technology used in the Covid-19 jab and said pharmaceutical companies administering vaccines – such as Pfizer and Moderna – have ‘financial conflicts of interest’.

Now hundreds of medical professionals have fact-checked Malone and demanded accountability from Spotify – which spent a reported $100million on exclusive streaming rights to the Joe Rogan Experience last year. 

In an open letter, they said: ‘With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence.

A total of 270 experts and medical professionals called on Spotify to adopt a misinformation policy after Joe Rogan (pictured) hosted the controversial Dr Robert Malone last month

During a three-hour and six-minute interview on the now-viral episode #1757 of The Joe Rogan Experience, Malone (pictured on the show) compared the US to Nazi Germany and said today's society was suffering from a 'mass formation psychosis' over the use of vaccines

During a three-hour and six-minute interview on the now-viral episode #1757 of The Joe Rogan Experience, Malone (pictured on the show) compared the US to Nazi Germany and said today’s society was suffering from a ‘mass formation psychosis’ over the use of vaccines

‘Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.’ 

The letter claims Rogan has a penchant for ‘broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic’ and that the episode with Malone promoted ‘baseless conspiracy theories’, including ‘an unfounded theory that societal leaders have ‘hypnotized the public’.’   

The letter added: ‘Dr. Malone is one of two recent JRE guests who has compared pandemic policies to the Holocaust. 

‘These actions are not only objectionable and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous.’  

In the episode, posted on New Year’s Eve, Malone, 61, said: ‘It was from, basically, European intellectual inquiry into what the heck happened in Germany in the 20s and 30s. Very intelligent, highly educated population, and they went barking mad. 

‘And how did that happen? The answer is mass formation psychosis. When you have a society that has become decoupled from each other, and has free floating anxiety, in a sense that things don’t make sense. We can’t understand it. 

‘And then their attention gets focused by a leader or series of events on one small point, just like hypnosis. They literally become hypnotized and can be led anywhere.’

Streaming giant YouTube removed the episode from its platform, while Malone’s Twitter account – which had amassed 500,000 followers – was suspended hours before appearing on the show for ‘violating’ its rules. 

The episode was still available on Spotify on Thursday. Dailymail.com has contacted Spotify and the Joe Rogan Experience for comment.

Dr. Katrine Wallace, who signed the letter, branded Rogan a ‘menace to public health’, adding that she condemned giving people like Malone a platform. 

She told Rolling Stone that his claims ‘are fringe ideas not backed in science.’

She added: ‘Having it on a huge platform makes it seem there are two sides to this issue. And there are really not. 

Streaming giant YouTube removed the episode from its platform, while Malone's Twitter account - which had amassed 500,000 followers - was suspended hours before appearing on the show

Streaming giant YouTube removed the episode from its platform, while Malone’s Twitter account – which had amassed 500,000 followers – was suspended hours before appearing on the show

The 61-year-old doctor's account was suspended and Twitter cited a violation of the platform's rules

The 61-year-old doctor’s account was suspended and Twitter cited a violation of the platform’s rules

‘The overwhelming evidence is the vaccine works, and it is safe.’

Dr. Ben Rein, a neuroscientist at Stanford University who co-authored the letter, added: ‘People who don’t have the scientific or medical background to recognize the things he’s saying are not true and are unable to distinguish fact from fiction are going to believe what [Malone is] saying, and this is the biggest podcast in the world. And that’s terrifying.’ 

In the podcast episode, Rogan talked about Malone’s ban from Twitter, which happened just one day before the podcast was released. 

Dr Robert Malone’s role in developing Covid-19 vaccines 

Dr Robert Malone came under criticism for speaking out – and tweeting – against vaccines when he was reportedly a key player in developing the mRNA technology used in the Covid-19 jabs. 

According to Malone’s LinkedIn profile, he is the inventor if mRNA and DNA vaccines and a worldwide expert in RNA technologies.

Before being suspended from the social media platform, the Harvard Medical School grad’s Twitter bio even read: ‘I literally invented the mRNA technology when I was 28.’

Malone, 61, claims to have invented the mRNA technology used in Covid-19 vaccines when he was just 28 years old

Malone, 61, claims to have invented the mRNA technology used in Covid-19 vaccines when he was just 28 years old

Malone, now 61, did, in fact, do intense research in the field of gene transfer.

According to a 6,000-word essay written by his wife Jill and reviewed by The Atlantic, Malone in the late 1980s – as a graduate student in biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies – injected DNA and RNA into the cells of mice in efforts to create a new kind of vaccine.

He authored a 1989 paper telling how RNA could be delivered to cells via lipids – fatty acids – as well as a 1990 paper demonstrating how injecting pure genetic material (DNA or RNA) into a mouse’s muscle cells could lead to the creation of new proteins.

Malone theorized in the 1990 paper that if the same would go for human cells, the technology ‘may provide alternative approaches to vaccine development’.

A fellow mRNA-vaccine researcher and lead author of a 2019 history of mRNA vaccine development Rein Verbeke told The Atlantic that he believes Malone ‘sparked for the first time the hope that mRNA could have potential as a new drug class’. 

However, he went on to add that ‘the achievement of the mRNA vaccines of today is the accomplishment of a lot of collaborative efforts’. 

‘They removed you for not going along with whatever the tech narrative is because tech clearly has a censorship agenda when it comes to Covid in terms of treatment, in terms of whether or not you are promoting what they would call ‘vaccine hesitancy’ – they can ban you for that,’ Rogan said, adding that Malone is ‘one of the most qualified people in the world to talk about vaccines’.

Malone responded by questioning: ‘If it’s not okay for me to be a part of the conversation even though I’m pointing out scientific facts that may be inconvenient, then who is?’

‘Whether or not I’m factually correct or not – and I freely admit no one’s perfect. I’m not perfect. It’s one of my core points is people should think for themselves. 

‘And I try really hard to give people the information and help them to think, not to tell them what to think,’ the doctor added, pointing out that ‘no one can debate the dispute that I played a major role in the creation of this tech’.

Malone later alleged on the podcast that many of the pharmaceutical companies administering vaccines – such as Pfizer and Moderna – have ‘financial conflicts of interest’.

In what appeared to be an effort to establish his credibility, Malone reassured: ‘I think I’m the only one that doesn’t. I’m not getting any money out of this.’

Meanwhile, as the creator of the mRNA technology used in Covid vaccines, many questioned why Malone would then speak so strongly against getting jabbed. 

Malone claimed the answer was simply ‘because it’s the right thing to do’. 

He said: ‘For me, the reason is: Because what’s happening is not right. It’s destroying my profession, it’s destroying the practice of medicine worldwide, it’s destroying public health in medicine.’

He continued: ‘I’m a vaccinologist. I’ve spent 30 years developing vaccine. A stupid amount of education learning how to do it and what the rules are. 

‘And for me, I’m personally offended by watching my discipline get destroyed for no good reason at all except, apparently, financial incentives, and – I don’t know – political a**-covering’.

The controversial doctor also offered his expertise on the government’s Covid-19 response. 

‘Our government is out of control,’ he said, adding: ‘They are lawless. They completely disregard bioethics. They completely disregard the federal common rule. they have broken all the rules that I know of – that I have been trained on for years and years and years.’

He went on to say that government-imposed vaccine mandates ‘are explicitly illegal’ as they do not align with the Nuremberg Code and the Belmont Report.

According to a research team at the University of North Carolina, the Nuremberg Code is a ten-point system determining what medical experimentation is justifiable on human subjects.

Similarly, the Belmont Report established basic ethical principles to guide medical research involving human subjects, as stated by the US Department of Health & Human Resources (HHS). 

‘They are explicitly illegal and they don’t care,’ Malone reiterated.   

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