Joni Mitchell pulls her songs from Spotify over COVID misinformation concerns: “Irresponsible people are spreading lies…”

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Joni Mitchell wants her songs off Spotify as COVID row snowballs
Joni Mitchell calls on Spotify to take action against the massive misinformation events that continue to unfold on its platform (Photo Credit – Wikimedia)

Legendary singer Joni Mitchell has now joined Neil Young to demand that her music be removed from Spotify over concerns about misinformation about Covid.

Young had said Monday that the streaming platform should choose him or podcaster Joe Rogan.

“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that cost people their lives,” Canadian singer Joni Mitchell said in a statement on her official website, bbc.com reports.

Joe Rogan has been accused of spreading false information about Covid. In her message on Friday, Joni Mitchell, whose hits include “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Both Sides Now” and “Coyote,” said she stands by Canadian-American singer Young, and the “global scientific and medical communities”.

Neil Young and Mitchell have been friends for many years and both have survived polio. Both contracted the disease in the early 1950s, not long before a vaccine became available.

Unlike Young, Joni Mitchell did not specify Joe Rogan’s name in her post.

She did add a link to an open letter signed by a group of scientists and medical professionals criticizing Spotify for hosting Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

The letter accuses Joe Rogan of spreading a series of misleading claims and instilling mistrust in science and medicine.

It calls on Spotify to “take action against the massive misinformation events that continue to unfold on its platform”.

Neil Young, who is behind classic hits like ‘Harvest Moon’, Helpless’ and ‘Heart of Gold’, accused Spotify on Monday of “spreading false information about vaccines — potentially deadly to those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them” .

Spotify agreed on Wednesday to remove its songs from the platform and said it hopes it decides to return to the platform soon. It also defended its track record in removing misinformation from the service.

“We have a detailed content policy and we have removed more than 20,000 podcast episodes related to Covid since the start of the pandemic,” the statement read.

‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ is Spotify’s most popular podcast, with a reported 200 million downloads per month. The streaming platform is said to have paid $100 million for its rights.

In the past, Rogan had said he is “not an antivax person” and that he believes the vaccines are safe and that he encourages many people to get them.

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