Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in dumping Spotify over COVID misinformation
Joni Mitchell has upped the volume on calls for music and podcast streamer Spotify to combat misinformation on its platform. The legendary singer-songwriter, who is joining protests by a group of medics and rocker Neil Young, says she plans to pull her work from Spotify over false claims about COVID-19 vaccines.
“I have decided to remove all of my music from Spotify,” Mitchell said in a brief post on her website on Friday. “Irresponsible people spread lies that cost people their lives.
Young sparked a #DeleteSpotify movement earlier this week when he tore down his catalog, citing a letter from more than 250 doctors, nurses, scientists and educators whoand his most popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, for spreading misinformation about vaccines.
In her post, Mitchell, the artist behind songs like Big Yellow Taxi, Help Me and A Case of You, included a link to the same letter. It pulls up an episode of Rogan’s podcast where virologist and vaccine skeptic Dr. Robert Malone, references a critical post about Malone on fact-checking site PolitiFact, and urges Spotify to implement a misinformation policy.
“By allowing the dissemination of false and socially harmful claims,” the letter reads, “Spotify enables its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and cast doubt on the credibility of data-backed guidelines offered by medical professionals.” will.”
In 2020, Spotify made its service the exclusive home of Rogan’s podcast after signing a licensing deal that was valued at more than $100 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
On Friday, Young posted a note on his website underscoring his stance.
“I support freedom of expression,” reads Young’s post. “I was never for censorship. Private companies have the right to choose what they benefit from, just as I can choose not to endorse my music on any platform that spreads harmful information.”
Spotify did not respond to a request for comment.