Because of misinformation about vaccines, Joni Mitchell says that she will remove her music from Spotify, like Neil Young did.
Joni Mitchell, a singer and songwriter, said she will remove her music from Spotify because of the controversy over misinformation about vaccines on the streaming service, which is owned by Spotify.
Musician: “Irresponsible people spread lies that are costing people their lives.” “I stand with Neil Young and the world’s scientific and medical communities on this.”
Mitchell’s move comes after Young asked his managers and record label to remove all of his songs from Spotify as soon as possible because of misinformation about vaccines spread by comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan.
Now-deleted: Rolling Stone said 76-year-old Young said the consequences were bad “They could die if they believe this misinformation spreads, and they could have Rogan or Young to spread it. Not at all.”
Besides her songs “Big Yellow Taxi” and “A Case of You,” Mitchell also said that a group of scientists and doctors had written to Spotify earlier this month asking for a policy against misinformation.
The letter was published in full on the website of the 78-year-old singer. In it, the writers raised a number of concerns about Joe Rogan’s podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which is the most popular podcast in the US and the UK on Spotify right now.
CNN has asked Spotify and Mitchell’s record company, Rhino, for comment, but hasn’t heard back from them yet.
People who wrote an open letter to him said that he has “discriminated against young people and children getting vaccinated, wrongly claimed that mRNA vaccines are “gene therapy,” promoted the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 off-label, and spread a lot of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.”
“At least two guests recently likened pandemic policy to the Holocaust.” They also said misinformation is a “social problem of devastating proportions,” and Spotify is to blame for letting this happen on its platform.
In the end, Spotify agreed to remove Young’s music from their platform, and the hashtag #DeleteSpotify went viral because some people were unhappy with the podcast that Rogan did. The Apple Music Twitter account also said Thursday that it was now “Neil Young’s new home.”
As a group, Young and Mitchell have almost 10 million Spotify subscribers each month. Young has more than 6 million subscribers, and Mitchell has 3.7 million subscribers.