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Neil Young Reportedly Asked Spotify To Remove His Music Over Joe Rogan’s Vaccine Comments

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Neil Young Reportedly Asked Spotify To Remove His Music Over Joe Rogan’s Vaccine Comments

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Neil Young performs during The Bridge School’s 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert at Shoreline Amphitheater on October 23, 2016 in Mountain View, California.

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Neil Young has reportedly asked Spotify to remove his music over what he called coronavirus vaccine misinformation spread on the streaming platform by star podcaster Joe Rogan, according to Rolling Stone.

This is the latest public backlash against Rogan, who hosts Spotify’s most popular podcast, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’. Spotify acquired exclusive streaming rights to the show in 2020 in a deal worth more than $100 million.

Young posted an open letter to his management and record label on his website, Rolling Stone said, calling for a quick response. The letter has since been deleted. CNBC hasn’t seen the original post, and Young’s music is still available on Spotify.

“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading misinformation about vaccines, potentially causing the death of those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them,” Young’s letter reportedly said.

“With approximately 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the largest podcast in the world and has enormous influence. Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate 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 of my music removed from their platform… They may have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

Rogan’s podcast continued to climb the charts, but several health experts and big names took to Spotify to address its dangerous coronavirus content. More recently, 270 doctors and healthcare professionals wrote an open letter to the streaming giant asking it to take action on the podcast, accusing the company of spreading misinformation.

“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 healthcare professionals,” the letter from the healthcare professionals reads.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, previously called Rogan “incorrect” for saying young people did not need to be vaccinated early last year.

Spokespersons for Young, Spotify and Young’s label, Warner Records, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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