Pete Evans' podcast dumped by Spotify over 'false, dangerous' COVID-19 claims

Disgraced television chef Pete Evans has had his podcast removed from Spotify after the platform dubbed his claims about COVID-19 "dangerous, false, deceptive and misleading". 

Evans, who is infamous for spreading misinformation about vaccines and has repeatedly claimed the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, shared the news that his podcast would no longer be available on the streaming service on his Instagram account - one of the only social media sites he has not yet been removed from. 

"Could it have something to do with the many brave doctors and scientists that we interview, that are warning people about these poisons that are disguised as medicine?" he wrote. 

A spokesperson for Spotify confirmed the platform prohibits content which "promotes dangerous, false, deceptive, or misleading content about COVID-19 that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health". 

"When content that violates this standard is identified it is removed from the platform." 

The former My Kitchen Rules judge's views saw him removed from Facebook late last year after the social media platform said his posts had "repeatedly violated" their policies. 

"We don’t allow anyone to share misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts," a Facebook spokesperson said at the time. 

Evans was also dumped by his publisher Pan Macmillan Australia and removed from the cast of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here after he shared a cartoon featuring a neo-Nazi symbol on Instagram. 

Coconut water company Natural Raw C, who had been affiliated with Evans, said it was "horrified and saddened" by the post and cut ties with him, along with cookware company Baccarat. 

In July last year, Kiwi reality television couple Art and Matilda Green pulled an episode of their wellness podcast that featured Evans as a guest, announcing they had received "a large amount of feedback" that some of his comments "have the potential to cause harm". 

Evans continues to share content on his personal subscription website, which costs users AU$100 a year.