Neil Young has requested that Spotify remove his music from the platform in response to “fake information about vaccines” from Joe Rogan that the company has helped spread.
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Young shared an open letter about it to his management and record label, which has since been removed from his website.
“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” Neil Young’s letter read, according to Rolling Stone. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
“They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young,” Neil Young wrote in a letter to his manager and label, “Not both.” Young demands Spotify remove his music over “false information about vaccines” https://t.co/f1u4bDAu1L
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“I want to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Neil Young continues. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Young appears to be referencing Joe Rogan’s Joe Rogan Experience podcast. That podcast has been a hotspot for false information about COVID-19. In the podcast, Rogan has done everything from encouraging young fans not to get vaccinated to interviewing controversial figure Dr. Robert Malone.
Malone is an immunologist who has compared COVID-19 vaccines to the rise of the Nazi party in Germany.
“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,” Neil Young adds. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”
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