Neil Young wants Spotify to take his music down because the platform also carries the podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which the music icon says spreads “fake information about vaccines.”
In a letter provided to “Rolling StoneSecond, Young asked his manager (Frank Gironda) and his record label executives, Warner Bros. (Tom Corson) immediately pulled his music from the music streaming service.
“I’m doing this because Spotify is spreading fake vaccine disinformation – potentially fatal to people who believe the misinformation is being spread by them,” he wrote. “Take action immediately today and notify me of the time schedule.”
Young added, “I want you to let Spotify know TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They may have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”
“The Joe Rogan Experience,” a podcast hosted by the far-right comedian and UFC commentator of color, leans toward more controversial aspects of current events and politics. Podcasting juggler moved to leave Apple on September 1, 2020 in a deal with estimates worth 100 million dollars. It becomes exclusive to Spotify in late 2020.
This is not the first time Rogan’s podcast has been called out for misinformation about vaccines. Earlier this month, a group of more than 260 scientists, medical professionals, professors and science communicators urged Spotify to take action against “mass media events” on its platform, specifically is Rogan.
The team of scientists showed how Rogan repeatedly spreads false and untrue claims on his podcast, from discouraging vaccination among young people to promoting the use of ivermectin to regulate treat COVID-19.
“With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, ‘JRE’, hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest and most influential podcast,” the letter read. “Spotify has a responsibility to minimize the spread of misinformation on its platform, even though the company does not currently have a misinformation policy.”
Rogan also maintains an active presence on Twitter, where he contributes to speeches about vaccines and the mission of vaccines. Dr. Anthony Fauci previously also corrected Rogan’s comments about vaccinations.
And this is not the first time Young has exposed streamers in his music. In 2019, he told Rolling Stone that he deleted most of his music from Spotify a few years earlier because he felt the sound quality was not good, but he was satisfied after that.
Spotify has not yet responded to Young’s letter. Rogan has not yet commented.
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