Spotify said Wednesday that it will remove Neil Young’s music after he said he wouldn’t share the platform with Joe Rogan who has spread misinformation about the coronavirus.
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both,” Young wrote in a letter earlier this week. “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.”
A Spotify spokesperson said in a statement that the company agreed to remove Young’s work, and that it regrets Young’s decision but hopes “to welcome him back soon.”
“We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users,” the streaming service said. “With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.”
Rogan has faced widespread backlash for his anti-vaccine comments during the pandemic. Earlier this month, 270 health care professionals signed a letter asking Spotify to take action against Rogan for spreading COVID misinformation on his show.
According to NBC News, Rogan signed a deal with the streaming service last year that would earn him more than $100 million depending on his performance.