- Spotify is working to remove Neil Young’s music from the streaming platform after protesting against podcaster star Joe Rogan’s coronavirus comments, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
- “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” Young said in an open letter that has since been taken down.
Young posted an open letter to his management and record label on his website earlier this week, calling Spotify about what he sees as dangerous misinformation about Rogan’s coronavirus vaccine.
“I’m doing this because Spotify is spreading vaccine disinformation – potentially fatal to people who believe misinformation is being spread by them,” Young’s letter reads, according to Rolling Stone. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
The the letter has been deleted, but the Wall Street Journal said Young was in discussions with Warner Records and Spotify. The request to remove the track was made Wednesday, and the Wall Street Journal said it will take several hours for the request to go into effect. Young’s music is still available on the service as of 4 p.m. EST. His artist page says he has more than 6 million monthly listeners.
Spokespersons for Spotify and Warner Records, his label, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
This is the latest public outcry against Rogan, the host of one of Spotify’s most popular podcasts, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Spotify has acquired the show’s exclusive streaming rights in 2020 in a deal believed to be worth more than $100 million.
Rogan has repeatedly used his platform, with millions of listeners, to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccinations, saying that young people need not be infected. That prompted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, call Rogan.
Young is also not the first to call on the platform to update its policies on podcasters.
Earlier this month, 270 doctors and medical professionals wrote an open letter to the streaming giant demanding it take action against Rogan’s podcast, accusing the company of broadcasting misinformation.
The letter from the medical professionals reads: “By allowing the spread of false and harmful claims to society, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust. them into scientific research and cast doubt on the reliability of guidance based on data provided by medical professionals”.
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