Young said he “sincerely hopes that other artists can make a move” but that didn’t expect them to. Mitchell appears to be the first to follow suit.
“I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue,” she said in her statement.
Young and Mitchell made their departure from the platform weeks after Rogan hosted controversial “anti-vaxxer” epidemiologist, Dr. Robert Malone, who compared the current state of US public health to that of 1920s and 1930s Germany in an episode that has since been deleted from YouTube.
The episode prompted a group of 270 medical experts to pen an open letter condemning Rogan’s top-rated show.
“Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy,” they wrote.
A Spokesperson for Spotify told The Wall Street Journal in response: “We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators.”
The company said that it has removed over 20,000 COVID-related podcast episodes.
Apple Music trolled its competitor in response, offering a “We Love Neil” album playlist on its homepage on Friday morning. It also declared itself “the home of Neil Young” in a tweet late Thursday and sent out at least one push notification to users promoting Young’s latest album.
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