Neil Young had accused Swedish company Spotify of spreading misinformation about coronavirus vaccines in podcasts, for example – and drew the consequences.

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He did not want to be present on a platform that spreads false information about the corona virus: With this request, folk rock star Neil Young put Spotify under pressure.

Now the company has reacted and removed Canadian music from its program.

“We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to see him again soon,” the streaming service said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal and other quoted US media on Wednesday (local time). Young previously accused the Swedish company of spreading misinformation about coronavirus vaccines in podcasts, for example.

The 76-year-old musician (“Heart of Gold”, “Rockin’ in the Free World”, “Harvest Moon”) on his website. Spotify accounts for around 60% of its music streamed worldwide, so the move means a big loss for its record label. “In the name of the truth”, he takes this step. In addition, his pieces can be listened to on other platforms. Young is listed on Spotify with approximately six million monthly listeners.

open letter

In an open letter that later disappeared from the website, Young addressed his criticisms of American comedian Joe Rogan’s hugely popular podcast. “You can have Rogan or Young. Not both, ”writes the legendary singer and guitarist, who claims to have been vaccinated himself. In another open letter to Spotify, a group of 270 scientists and health experts accused comedian Rogan of downplaying the corona virus and spreading conspiracy theories.

Spotify wants to make all music and audio content accessible to its users, the streaming giant said in a statement. “It comes with great responsibility when it comes to balancing the safety of listeners with the freedom of creators.” The company has a comprehensive content policy and has removed over 20,000 Corona-related podcast episodes since the pandemic began. (dpa)