Rogan backlash raising questions about changing face of misinformation

February 1, 2022

WJLA 24/7 News

There is continued backlash against podcaster Joe Rogan for including doctors on his show who have cast doubt on the need for people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Critics have gone so far as asking Spotify, which streams the program, to remove it from the platform.

But there are also mounting free speech concerns about the rush to ban people who present alternate perspectives. In this brewing battle over free speech and misinformation, Rogan is now firing back.

"The most important facts, though, I think have not changed and those facts are those get vaccinated if you can because the benefits of vaccination are vast not just for you but for society," said Ethan Porter, Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, who also is the cluster lead of the Misinformation/Disinformation Lab at GW's Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics.

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