Joni Mitchell Pulls Her Music From Spotify Over COVID-19 ‘Lies’, Days After Neil Young Did the Same

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Singer Joni Mitchell mentioned Friday she was pulling her music from Spotify over “lies” on the streaming service about Covid-19, simply days after fellow musical titan Neil Young did the identical.
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In a put up on her web site, the “Big Yellow Taxi” singer mentioned she was supporting Young, who clashed with Spotify over its wildly in style “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.

“I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify,” Mitchell wrote.

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“Irresponsible individuals are spreading lies which can be costing folks their lives.

“I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”

Mitchell’s web site additionally carried a duplicate of an open letter to Spotify by medics and different scientists calling on the firm to ascertain a misinformation coverage to fight Rogan’s repeated falsehoods and conspiracy theories round the coronavirus pandemic.

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There was no rapid remark from Spotify.

Young, the voice behind “Heart of Gold” and “Harvest Moon,” yanked his music from Spotify this week after telling the service it had to decide on between him and Rogan.

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He accused Spotify of “spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death” by placing out Rogan’s podcast, which racks up thousands and thousands of listens.

“Spotify has become the home of life threatening COVID misinformation,” he wrote. “Lies being sold for money.”

“I realized I could not continue to support SPOTIFY’s life threatening misinformation to the music loving public.”

Young had over six million month-to-month listeners on the in style streaming platform. His fellow Canadian Mitchell at the moment has 3.7 million.

Rogan has a multi-year unique take care of Spotify, reportedly value $100 million, and an enormous following.

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Critics say his podcast is a platform for conspiracy theories and disinformation, notably over Covid-19.

Rogan has discouraged vaccination in younger folks and promoted the off-label use of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to deal with the virus.

In a press release this week, Spotify mentioned: “We need all the world’s music and audio content material to be accessible to Spotify customers.

“With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to Covid since the start of the pandemic.”

“We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify,” the service mentioned, “but hope to welcome him back soon.”

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