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Spotify to remove Neil Young’s music in response to Joe Rogan ultimatum

Spotify has announced that it will be pulling Neil Young’s music from its streaming platform in a statement from a Spotify spokesperson.

Earlier this week, Young had shared an open letter on his website. In the letter, he accused Spotify of “spreading fake information about vaccines” through Joe Rogan’s podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. “I want to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Neil Young wrote. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

In response to the ultimatum, Spotify has said that Neil Young’s music would be removed from the platform.

“We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users,” the spokesperson said. “With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”

More about the removal of Neil Young’s music:

Just a day after publishing his letter, Young removed it. But yesterday (January 26th), he followed it up with a new letter. In the letter, he thanks his label and management team for working with him to get his music removed from Spotify.

“Spotify has recently become a very damaging force via its public misinformation and lies about COVID,” Young writes. “”I first learned of this problem by reading that 200-plus doctors had joined forces, taking on the dangerous life-threatening COVID falsehoods found in Spotify programming. Most of the listeners hearing the unfactual, misleading and false COVID information on Spotify are 24 years old, impressionable and easy to swing to the wrong side of the truth. These young people believe Spotify would never present grossly unfactual information. They unfortunately are wrong. I knew I had to try to point that out.”

“All my music is available on Spotify, being sold to these young people, people who believe what they are hearing because it is on Spotify, and people like me are supporting Spotify by presenting my music there. I realised I could not continue to support Spotify life threatening misinformation to the music loving public.”

Read Young’s letter in full here.

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