Podcast is No Longer a Wild West? Censorship in Audio Streaming Platform

In just its first month of 2022, rock star Neil Young has spread anti-vaccine disinformation to boycott comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, demanding that Spotify, the sound platform that exclusively features Joe Rogan’s podcast, remove his music. The incident continued until February, and Spotify chose to continue the contract with Joe Rogan for a price of $100 million. Joe Rogan himself also emphasized that he did not spread misinformation, he was just sharing “opinions”. In the past, content censorship and freedom of speech disputes only occurred on video and social platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, etc., and they have also quietly entered the field of sound platforms that have always been unmanned and wild.

Related points of contention include that Spotify believes that it is only a platform for providing user-uploaded content and does not have the right to censor content; there are also claims that the exclusive licensing relationship between Joe Rogan and Spotify makes Spotify itself more like a publisher, and should be responsible for publishing. Some people think that the opaque community rules set by Spotify are the key to the problem that cannot be solved; some people suggest that when Spotify’s algorithm is helping users select content and amplifying certain voices, and also charging advertising fees, It can no longer pretend to be a neutral platform.

Many sound platforms, including Spotify, ranging from international Apple and Amazon Podcasts to local services such as KKbox or SoundOn, have to face an existential dilemma that plagues many modern or online media operators: whether or not the platform should provide users Responsibility for content? And how to moderate user-published content without compromising the business model that made it successful in the first place? In this forum, stakeholders will be invited to put forward the means that can be taken in dealing with relevant disputes from different viewpoints.

Time: 2022/5/19 02:00-04:00PM

Venue: IEAT International Conference Center Meeting 8F Room 2 (No. 350, Songjiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City)

Moderator: Chen, Yi-Ning,National Cheng Chi University
College of Communication,Full-time Professor

Panelists:

  • Wang, Yi-Yu,Department Head,SoundOn
  • Du, Sheng-tsung,Chair/Associate Professor,Department Of Radio And Television,Ming Chuan University
  • Chen, Yen-shen ,Associate Professor,Institute Of Communication Studies,National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  • Yang, Kuei-Chih,Host,Podcast《法客電台 By Plain Law Movment》

Podcast不再是無人管的蠻荒之地? 聲音平台的內容審查

2022年才邁入第一個月,搖滾巨星 Neil Young 為抵制喜劇演員 Joe Rogan 的 Podcast 節目散佈反疫苗等假訊息,要求獨家上架 Joe Rogan  Podcast 節目的聲音平台 Spotify 刪除其音樂作品。事件延燒到 2月,Spotify 選擇了繼續與 Joe Rogan 間要價1億美金的合約關係,Joe Rogan本人也強調自己沒有散布錯誤信息,他只是在分享「意見」而已。過往只有發生在如Facebook, YouTube等影音及社群平台上的內容審查與言論自由爭議,也悄悄走向了一直以來如無人管蠻荒之地的聲音平台領域。

相關的爭議點包括,Spotify 認為自己只是提供用戶上傳內容的平台並無審查內容的權利;也有人主張 Joe Rogan 和 Spotify 間的獨家授權關係,讓 Spotify 本身更像是個出版商,而應當負起出版商的責任;有人認為 Spotify 訂出的社群守則不透明,是導致問題無法解決的關鍵;也有人提出當 Spotify 的演算法在協助用戶挑選內容並會放大某些聲音,加上也收取廣告費時,就不能再以中立平台自居。

包括Spotify 在內的許多聲音平台,從國際型的 Apple 及 Amazon Podcast 到在地服務如 KKbox 或 SoundOn等,都得面一個困擾許多現代或網路媒體業者的生存困境:到底平台要不要對用戶的內容負責? 以及如何在不損害最初讓自身成功的商業模式情況下,針對用戶所發布的內容進行審查?本座談將邀請同利害關係人,從不同觀點提出在處理相關爭議中,可採取的手段。

時間及地點

時間:2022年5月19日 , 14:00-16:00
地點:本活動採線上進行,活動前一天將透過e-mail寄送線上參與連結

議程

14:00–14:05     活動介紹

14:05–15:45     焦點座談

主持人:陳憶寧(國立政治大學傳播學院 教授)

與談人:

  • 王怡瑜(SoundOn 團隊內容部 負責人)
  • 杜聖聰(銘傳大學廣播電視學系 主任)
  • 陳延昇(國立陽明交通大學 教授)
  • 楊貴智(法客電台podcast節目 主持人)

15:45–16:00        現場問答