SPOTIFY fans are abandoning the music streaming service because of its controversy with rocker Neil Young.
The Swedish outfit on Thursday removed musician Harvest Moon’s music from its service after he called for the firing of their top podcaster.
Young protested his songs being played on the same platform as Joe Rogan, whose podcast has broadcast dangerous misinformation about vaccines.
He said the 54-year-old had been spreading life-threatening lies about Covid and told Spotify this week: “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
After Spotify chose to remove the singer’s catalog over the row, fans rallied around him, threatening to cancel their monthly subscriptions.
The hashtags “#DeleteSpotify” and “#BoycottSpotify” both trended on Twitter Thursday in a flurry of posts showing no signs of slowing down this morning.
One Twitter user said: “I just left Spotify. Neil Young has been a beacon of integrity all my life. Joe Rogan fuels right-wing authoritarianism and senseless Covid deaths. .”
Another wrote: “Dear @Spotify. Because you chose to delete all recordings of #NeilYoung, an artist who has always supported progressive ideals, but is keeping Joe Rogan a total right winger. . I removed your app from my mobile and desktop and will never use you again.”
And a third person tweeted: “It’s great that so many people who deleted Spotify stand in solidarity with Neil Young to fight Joe Rogan’s COVID misinformation. Please CANCEL your subscription as well.
They added: “@Spotify doesn’t care if you delete the app. They care about you unsubscribing and stopping payments.”
Some people have complained that they cannot cancel their subscription. One person tweeted: “Why doesn’t Spotify have the option to cancel your subscription, without contacting anyone from @Spotify.”
Users have offered advice to people who are having a hard time deleting their profiles, encouraging them to remove their credit card details from their accounts so they don’t get charged.
Earlier this week, Young released a letter to his manager and record label, Warner Music Group, asking Spotify to no longer carry his music because he said Rogan was spreading the media. misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Wednesday, the “Heart of Gold” and “Rocking In the Free World” singer thanked his record label for “standing with me in my decision to pull all of my music off Spotify,” and he encouraged Encourage other musicians to do the same.
“Spotify has become a reservoir for life-threatening COVID misinformation,” he said on his website. “Lying is being sold for money.”
The Swedish company said it has worked to balance “both listener safety and freedom for creators” and has removed more than 20,000 episodes of COVID-19-related podcasts under its “spend content policy”. details”.
Spotify said: “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
Young, 76, says Spotify accounts for 60% of his music streaming to listeners around the world. “The removal was” a huge loss to my record company, he said. “
Rogan, 54, is the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the top-rated podcast on Spotify, exclusive to the show.
He has been controversial with his views on the pandemic, the government’s mandate and vaccines to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier this month, 270 scientists and medical professionals signed a letter urging Spotify to take action against Rogan, accusing him of spreading falsehoods on podcasts.
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