Neil Young calls for his music to be removed from Spotify over vaccine misinformation: reports
(NEXSTAR) – Singer Neil Young has reportedly requested that his songs be removed from Spotify, a music and podcast streaming service, over “false vaccine information.”
In an open letter posted on his website, Young called on his management team and record label to pull his music, Rolling Stone and Stereogum report. On Monday evening, the letter appears to have been removed from Young’s site.
According to the reports, Young wrote, “Spotify spreads false information about vaccines – potentially causing the death of those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them.”
He added that Spotify may have “[Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both,” reports Rolling Stone.
Recently, 270 medical professionals signed an open letter to Spotify calling on the service to take action against the misinformation shared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.
“By allowing the spread of false and socially harmful claims, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to undermine public trust in scientific research and cast doubt on the credibility of data-based advice offered by professionals. of health,” the letter reads.
Health professionals pointed to an episode featuring virologist Robert Malone, which they say promotes misinformation about COVID-19. This episode was heavily criticized by many pundits for remarks regarding the pandemic and the impact of the coronavirus on people, especially younger people, reports The Hill.
One of the doctors who signed the letter, Dr. Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, told ‘On Balance’ that they weren’t calling to censorship or deletion of the podcast. Instead, they want Spotify to create a policy on how to moderate misinformation.
As of Monday night, Young’s music and Rogan’s podcast are available on Spotify. Young’s label – Warner Records – and Spotify did not immediately respond to requests for comment.