The dispute over the spread of misinformation about the streaming service Spotify continues. After Neil Young had his music removed from the platform, other artists announced that they wanted to boycott the service.
Leaving Spotify: These musicians are leaving
Rock legend Neil Young got the ball rolling. He left Spotify because the service refused to remove Joe Rogan’s podcast, which spreads misinformation about coronavirus vaccinations.
A little later, singer Joni Mitchell also distanced herself. On her official website she explains:
“I have decided to remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people spread lies that cost lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this matter.”
Now guitarist Nils Lofgren is also joining. He stars in Neil Young’s backing band Crazy Horse. In the Neil Young Archives he writes something like this:
“When these heroic women and men who have spent their lives healing and saving ours cry out for help, they are not turned away for money and power. You listen and stand by them.”
What exactly is the boycott about?
Spotify has been criticized for not providing factual classification in one of its exclusive Spotify podcasts. As early as late 2021, the global scientific and medical communities published an open letter to Spotify, stating among other things:
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Rogan has repeatedly made misleading and false claims on his podcast, inciting distrust in science and medicine. He has advised against vaccinations in adolescents and children, falsely claimed that mRNA vaccines are ‘gene therapy’, promoted the off-label use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 (despite FDA warnings), and promoted a number of baseless conspiracy theories. “
Global scientific and medical communities
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Spotify speaks out
Spotify founder Daniel Ek now has his say in a blog post. He explains that the streaming service wants to add a corona note to content dealing with the pandemic in the future. This is how Facebook and Twitter already do it. The notice is intended to point to trustworthy sources for Covid-19. There are also considerations about sensitizing content creators to their influence through possibly incorrect information.
Joe Rogan agrees to the tip. In an almost ten-minute video, the moderator comments on the allegations. Among other things, he says that he only wanted to have “interesting conversations” in the podcast, but also admits to mistakes. He plans everything on his own and “doesn’t always do everything right”.
Sources: jonimitchell.com, Neil Young Archives, Global scientific and medical communities, Spotify, Instagram/joerogan