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Spotify responds to Neil Young, Joni Mitchell pulling music with ‘content advisory’ warnings for COVID-19 material

Spotify has announced that it will add “content advisory” warnings to material about COVID-19 on the platform moving forward.

Recently, Neil Young pulled his catalogue from the service in response to misinformation about COVID-19 on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Joni Mitchell quickly followed suit, pulling all of her material from the streaming service as well. Now, founder Daniel Ek has published information about Spotify’s platform rules. Part of those rules include new “content advisory” warnings.

“Based on the feedback over the last several weeks, it’s become clear to me that we have an obligation to do more to provide balance and access to widely-accepted information from the medical and scientific communities guiding us through this unprecedented time. These issues are incredibly complex,” Ek writes.

In just seven days, Spotify lost $2 billion of its market value after Young and Mitchell pulled their music. As a result, Spotify will post “content advisory” warnings alongside COVID-19-related material. These warnings will direct listeners to their “dedicated COVID-19 hub.”

More about the “content advisory” warnings:

“I want you to know that from the very first days of the pandemic, Spotify has been biased toward action,” Ek continues. “We launched a variety of educational resources and campaigns to raise awareness and we developed and promoted a global COVID-19 Information Hub. We donated ad inventory to various organizations for vaccine awareness, funds to the World Health Organization and COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) to increase vaccine equity and supported the Go Give One fundraising campaign. And we established a music relief project to support the creative community. While this is not a complete list, I hope it gives you a sense of how seriously we’ve approached the pandemic as a company.”

The statement, however, does not actually address the material on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Read the statement in full here.

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