Neil Young performs at the 30th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on October 23, 2016.
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Neil Young reportedly asked Spotify to remove his music because of what he said was a coronavirus vaccine misinformation spread on the streaming platform by star podcaster Joe Rogan, according to Rolling Stone.
It’s the latest public backlash against Rogan, who hosts Spotify’s most popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Spotify reportedly acquired the exclusive streaming rights to the show for more than $100 million in 2020.
Rolling Stone said Young posted an open letter to his management and the record label on his website, calling for a swift response. This letter has been deleted. CNBC didn’t see the original post, and Young’s music is still available on Spotify.
“I’m doing this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines — which could lead to the death of those who believe they are spreading false information,” Yang’s letter reportedly said.
“With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, hosted on Spotify alone, is the largest podcast in the world with a massive reach. Spotify has a responsibility to reduce the spread of misinformation on its platform, although the company currently has no misinformation policy ,” he added. “I want you to let Spotify know immediately today that I want all my music off their platform…they can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Rogan’s podcasts continue to soar on the charts, but several health experts and prominent personalities have been calling on Spotify to address its dangerous coronavirus content. Recently, 270 doctors and health professionals wrote an open letter to the streaming giant demanding action against podcasts, accusing the company of spreading misinformation.
“By allowing the spread of false and socially harmful assertions, Spotify is making its hosted media compromising the public’s trust in scientific research and casting doubt on the credibility of the data-driven guidance provided by medical professionals,” the letter from health professionals said. Say.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, previously called Rogan “incorrect” early last year to say young people don’t need to be vaccinated.
Spokespeople for Young, Spotify and Young’s label Warner Records did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.
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