Joni Mitchell Says Boycotting Spotify Over Covid 'lies'
Faizan Hashmi Published January 29, 2022 | 11:10 AM
Los Angeles, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jan, 2022 ) :Singer Joni Mitchell said Friday she was pulling her music from Spotify over "lies" on the streaming service about Covid-19, just days after fellow musical titan Neil Young did the same.
"Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives.
"I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue." Mitchell's website also carried a copy of an open letter to Spotify by medics and other scientists calling on the company to establish a misinformation policy to combat Rogan's repeated falsehoods and conspiracy theories around the coronavirus pandemic.
There was no immediate comment from Spotify.
He accused Spotify of "spreading fake information about vaccines -- potentially causing death" by putting out Rogan's podcast, which racks up millions of listens.
"Spotify has become the home of life threatening COVID misinformation," he wrote. "Lies being sold for money." "I realized I could not continue to support SPOTIFY's life threatening misinformation to the music loving public." Young had over six million monthly listeners on the popular streaming platform. His fellow Canadian Mitchell currently has 3.7 million.
Rogan has a multi-year exclusive deal with Spotify, reportedly worth $100 million, and a massive following.
Critics say his podcast is a platform for conspiracy theories and disinformation, particularly over Covid-19.
Rogan has discouraged vaccination in young people and promoted the off-label use of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to treat the virus.
"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 since the start of the pandemic.""We regret Neil's decision to remove his music from Spotify," the service said, "but hope to welcome him back soon."