Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in protesting Spotify and Joe Rogan
Last week, Young gave Spotify an ultimatum that he would remove his music unless they took action against Rogan. After his music was taken down on Wednesday, he said he hoped other artists would join him. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines – potentially causing the death of those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them,” the veteran star explained in a now deleted letter.
“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
In his statement released Friday evening, Mitchell wrote, “I have decided to remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people spread lies that cost people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue. »
A Spotify spokesperson did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News on Saturday. But in response to Young’s initial criticism, the company said it had implemented “detailed content policies” and removed more than 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19.
It was not immediately clear what content would violate its policy and why the misinformation shared on Rogan’s podcast was inadmissible.
In the scientists’ letter, they held Spotify responsible for what Rogan and his guests said.
“It’s not just a scientific or medical concern; it is a sociological problem of devastating proportions and Spotify is responsible for allowing this activity to thrive on its platform,” the letter concludes.