Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is removing her music library from Spotify in solidarity with fellow artist Neil Young, citing “irresponsible people” sharing misinformation about vaccines COVID-19 on the streaming platform.
Mitchell made the announcement on her website Friday night, writing: “The irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global medical and scientific community on this issue.”
The Grammy Award-winner also shared an open letter written by medical professionals across the globe about “The Joe Rogan Experience,” a podcast Spotify purchased the exclusive rights to in 2020 for a treatment deal. for $100 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
On December 31, 2021, podcast host, Joe Rogan, featured Dr. Robert Malone, who was banned on Twitter for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is not just a scientific or medical concern; it is a sociological issue of devastating proportions, and Spotify is responsible for allowing this practice to thrive on its platform,” the open letter said. write.
Young removed his music from the platform earlier this week, also citing the Joe Rogan Experience as an example of Spotify’s inability to remove vaccine misinformation from its platform.
“Spotify has become a reservoir for life-threatening COVID misinformation,” Young wrote on her website.