Joni Mitchell to remove music from Spotify over vaccine misinformation
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell said Friday that she will remove her music from Spotify "in solidarity with Neil Young" following a controversy over vaccine misinformation on the platform.
Driving the news: "I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives," Mitchell said in a statement posted to her website.
- "I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue," she added.
- Mitchell also cited a letter from this month written by scientists and medical experts who called on Spotify to implement a misinformation policy.
The big picture: The move comes after Young this week requested his songs be removed from Spotify due to vaccine misinformation being propagated on the platform.
- Young in a statement on his website said he "could not continue to support Spotify's life threatening misinformation to the music loving public."
- "I sincerely hope that other artists and record companies will move off the Spotify platform and stop supporting Spotify's deadly misinformation about COVID," Young said.
- Young specifically called out Joe Rogan, a popular podcaster on the platform, for his role in spreading misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.