- 25 Jan 22
Young criticised the streaming giant for giving the Joe Rogan Experience a platform to spread conspiracy theories.
Neil Young has asked Spotify to remove his music from the streaming platform due to "fake information about vaccines" appearing on their app, in an open letter to his management and record label published on his website.
In reference to the Swedish companies' $100 million deal with the Joe Rogan Experience, one of the most popular podcasts globally that has been heavily criticised for giving airtime to conspiracy theorists and those against the COVID-19 vaccine, he said, "They can have Rogan or Young. Not both."
Young further explained that "With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world's largest podcast and has tremendous influence. Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy."
In a statement to the American publication The Daily Beast, the 'Keep On Rockin' In The Free World' singer's manager Frank Gironda confirmed the letter to be authentic.
"It's something that's really important to Neil," Gironda said. "He's very upset about this disinformation. We're trying to figure this out right now."
No stranger to controversial guests in the past, a fresh round of criticism came Joe Rogan's way when he had Dr. Robert Malone on his show in December, a frequent critic of and spreader of misinformation about mRNA vaccines.