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#DeleteSpotify Trends After Neil Young, Joe Rogan Incident

#DeleteSpotify Trends After Neil Young, Joe Rogan Incident

A day after music streaming giant Spotify removed Neil Young from its service, many users say they’re now leaving with the 76-year-old rocker. On Thursday, #DeleteSpotify trends on Twitter and Facebook in response to the removal, which happened after Neil Young gave the company an ultimatum to either remove his music or remove Joe Rogan from its service.

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“Spotify has recently become a very damaging force via its public misinformation and lies about COVID,” Young wrote in a letter on his website Wednesday. “Most of the listeners hearing the unfactual, misleading and false COVID information on Spotify are 24 years old, impressionable and easy to swing to the wrong side of the truth.”

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Neil Young said Spotify listeners are being misinformed and endangered, and that artists are supporting Spotify by hosting their music there. “I realized I could not continue to support Spotify’s life-threatening misinformation to the music-loving public.”

Two-hundred and seventy health care professionals also recently sent an open letter to Spotify urging the company to address misinformation on Rogan’s show. Among their complaints are Rogan’s promotion of the anti-parasitic ivermectin to treat COVID-19 (a use neither approved by the Federal Drug Administration nor backed by scientific evidence) and a guest appearance by the controversial vaccine skeptic Dr. Robert Malone.

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