Neil Young demands Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan vaccine misinformation

Neil Young has demanded that his music be removed from Spotify due to vaccine misinformation spread by podcaster Joe Rogan on the streaming service, dicho: “They can have Rogan or Young. sepa inmediatamente HOY que quiero toda mi música fuera de su plataforma... Pueden tener a Rogan o Young

In an open letter to his manager and record label that was posted to his website and later taken down, Young wrote: “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them. Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”

Young specified that his decision was motivated by The joe rogan Experiencia, which is currently Spotify’s most popular podcast and one of the biggest in the world. Rogan signed a US$100m deal in 2020 giving Spotify exclusive rights to the show.

“Con un estimado 11 millones de oyentes por episodio, JRE, que está alojado exclusivamente en Spotify, es el podcast más grande del mundo y tiene una enorme influencia. Spotify tiene la responsabilidad de mitigar la difusión de información errónea en su plataforma, though the company presently has no misinformation policy," el escribio, agregando: “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform … They can have Rogan or Young. sepa inmediatamente HOY que quiero toda mi música fuera de su plataforma... Pueden tener a Rogan o Young

The letter was addressed to his manager Frank Gironda and Tom Corson, the co-chairman and chief operating officer of Warner Records, which releases Young’s music through its Reprise Records imprint.

Gironda confirmed the letter was authentic to The Daily Beast. “It’s something that’s really important to Neil. He’s very upset … we’re trying to figure this out right now.”

El mes pasado, 270 doctores, scientists and healthcare professionals signed an open letter requesting that Spotify implement a policy for dealing with misinformation because of Rogan’s “concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the Covid-19 pandemic”.

The letter cited an episode in which Rogan interviewed Robert Malone, un virólogo que participó en la tecnología de vacunas de ARNm que condujo a algunas de las principales vacunas contra el covid-19, pero que desde entonces ha estado criticado por difundir información errónea sobre vacunas. Both men were criticised for promoting several baseless conspiracy theories, including the false claim that hospitals are financially incentivised to falsely diagnose deaths as having been caused by Covid-19, and Malone’s assertion that world leaders had hypnotised the public into supporting vaccines.

The Guardian has approached Spotify for comment.

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