Joni Mitchell Removes Music From Spotify In Protest Against Joe Rogan’s Podcast

Joni Mitchell has decided to remove all of her music from Spotify and joins Neil Young in protest against Joe Rogan’s podcast that Young says is spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines (via The Wall Street Journal).

“I have decided to remove all my music from Spotify,” the Canadian singer-songwriter wrote in a message on her website. “Irresponsible people spread lies that cost people their lives. I stand by Neil Young and the scientific and medical community on this matter.”

Mitchell also includes a link to an open letter to Spotify, which was signed by dozens of medical and scientific professionals in mid-January. He is urging the platform to establish a misinformation policy to address the “misleading and false claims” made by the Joe Rogan Experiencesuch as Rogan’s suggestion that healthy young people should not be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Young issued an ultimatum to Spotify: keep his music or Rogan’s podcast. Spotify eventually preferred Rogan, and in line with Young’s wishes, the platform pulled all of its music. Young later said he “felt better” after deleting his music, then criticized Spotify for not offering lossless audio, an option both Amazon and Apple Music offer. Apple has even used Young’s departure from Spotify as an opportunity to do numerous digs at its competitor, going so far as to label Apple Music as “Neil Young’s house.”

In 2020, Spotify made the Joe Rogan Experience exclusive to the platform, and it has since come under fire for Rogan’s potentially misleading comments about COVID-19 and its vaccines. As it stands, it appears Spotify’s content policy is keeping the platform from doing anything about Rogan’s podcast. In internal guidelines seen by The edge, his policy seems to allow podcasters to say that COVID-19 vaccines can cause death, but not that they are “designed” to cause death. A screenshot of an internal message also viewed by The edge reveals that Spotify has numerous controversial episodes of the Joe Rogan Experienceand none “meet the threshold for removal.”

The edge contacted Spotify with a request for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

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