According to Rolling Stone, a letter appeared briefly Monday on Neil Young’s website demanding his music be removed from Spotify, according to Rolling Stone, in protest at the streaming platform of podcaster Joe Rogan, who has refute the coronavirus vaccine.
“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading vaccine disinformation – potentially fatal to people who believe the misinformation is being spread by them,” Young wrote. according to Rolling Stone. “Take action immediately today and notify me of the time schedule.”
“They can have Rogan or Young,” he wrote. Not both.”
The letter was addressed to his manager and an executive at his record label, Rolling Stone reported. It no longer appeared on the website as of Tuesday morning.
Spotify did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. Frank Gironda, manager of Mr. Young, told The Daily Beast that Mr. Young published the letter on Monday. “That’s something that’s really important to Neil,” Mr Gironda told The Daily Beast. “He is very upset about this misinformation.”
Young’s letter appears to add pressure on Spotify to take a stronger stance on vaccine misinformation. This month, hundreds of scientists, professors and public health experts asked Spotify, which is based in Stockholm, to develop a policy for handling Covid-19 misinformation on its platform.
In a letter published online, experts wrote about a December 31 episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” that featured Dr Robert Malone, an infectious disease researcher who they say promoted “some falsehoods” Covid-19 vaccine bias”.
“By allowing the spread of false and harmful claims to society, Spotify is enabling its archived media to damage public trust in scientific research and raise suspicion. about the reliability of guidance based on data provided by medical professionals,” the letter read.
It also said Spotify should “immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform.”
The company, which says its podcast platform has more than 299 million monthly listeners, previously said in a written statement that it strictly prohibits dangerous, false or deceptive material about Covid-19 and they removed content that violated their policies. But episodes that violate those terms still appear on the platform.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/25/business/neil-young-spotify-remove-music.html Neil Young posted and deleted a letter asking Spotify to remove his music.