(WTVO) – Rocker Neil Young wants to Spotify to pull his music from its platform, claiming the company promotes COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on the Joe Rogan podcast.
Rolling Stone reported that Young sent a letter to his management team, saying, “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
“They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both,” he continued.
Young referenced The Joe Rogan Experience, in which the former MMA fighter-turned-podcaster has invited medical professionals to debate the effectiveness of the vaccines.
“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,” the letter reads. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”
Last week, a group of 270 professors, scientists, and medical professionals signed an open letter asking Spotify to “take action against mass-misinformation events,” specifically citing an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience featuring an interview with virologist Dr. Robert Malone.