"Joe Rogan Is Fueling Climate Misinformation on TikTok, Watchdogs Warn"

"The actor-turned-podcaster recently touted the so-called “Adam and Eve” conspiracy theory to play down the climate crisis and criticize efforts to curb it. The clip has since gone viral."

"A clip of celebrity podcaster Joe Rogan touting a conspiracy theory that links global warming to Earth’s magnetic field has gone viral on TikTok, despite the platform’s new policy prohibiting climate misinformation, a new report warns. It’s the latest report to highlight how Big Tech companies continue to fuel false and misleading claims about climate change online, an issue that some experts say has become a top threat to the global effort to curb rising temperatures.

The report, released last week by watchdog nonprofit Media Matters for America, identified seven TikTok videos promoting the so-called “Adam and Eve” theory, which purports without evidence that shifts in Earth’s magnetic poles have long caused massive swings in the planet’s climate and other catastrophic events of the past, including the floods referenced in the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark.

The videos, which garnered more than 20 million views on the popular social media platform between January and April, according to the report, include clips from a Jan. 18 episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, in which Rogan uses that conspiracy theory to downplay the climate crisis and calls efforts to address it “a moot point.”"

Kristoffer Tigue reports for Inside Climate News May 30, 2023.

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/31/2023