Transfer towards audio streaming firm comes after comic Joe Rogan’s podcast with well being skilled accused of spreading COVID misinformation.
Joni Mitchell mentioned she is looking for to take away all of her music from Spotify in solidarity with Neil Younger, who ignited a protest towards the streaming service for airing a podcast that featured a determine who has unfold misinformation in regards to the coronavirus.
Mitchell, who like Younger is a California-based songwriter who had a lot of her success within the Seventies, is the primary outstanding musician to hitch Younger’s effort.
“Irresponsible persons are spreading lies which are costing individuals their lives,” Mitchell mentioned on Friday in a message posted on her web site. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Younger and the worldwide scientific and medical communities on this problem.”
Following Younger’s motion this week, Spotify mentioned it had insurance policies in place to take away deceptive content material from its platform and has eliminated greater than 20,000 podcast episodes associated to COVID-19 because the begin of the pandemic.
Joe Rogan controversy
However the service has mentioned nothing about comic Joe Rogan, whose podcast The Joe Rogan Expertise is the centerpiece of the controversy.
Final month Rogan interviewed on his podcast Dr Robert Malone, an infectious illness specialist who has been banned from Twitter for spreading COVID misinformation.
Rogan is without doubt one of the streaming service’s greatest stars with a contract that would earn him greater than $100m.
Younger known as on different artists to help him following his motion. Whereas Mitchell, 78, shouldn’t be a present hitmaker, the Canadian’s Spotify web page mentioned she had 3.7 million month-to-month listeners to her music. Her songs Large Yellow Taxi and A Case of You’ve each been streamed greater than 100 million occasions on the service.
In a message on his web site on Friday, Younger mentioned “once I left Spotify, I felt higher.
“Non-public corporations have the correct to decide on what they revenue from, simply as I can select to not have my music help a platform that disseminates dangerous info,” he wrote. “I’m blissful and proud to face in solidarity with the front-line well being care staff who danger their lives day-after-day to assist others.”
There was no instant response from Spotify.