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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Neil Young, singer/songwriter, performs at a concert in Washington to honor Willie Nelson who was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by Library of Congress. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

By Tyler Clifford

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Neil Young threatened to remove his music from Spotify’s (NYSE:) streaming platform in protest at its relationship to Joe Rogan (a podcaster that the singer-songwriter accused of spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19), according to media reports.

Young, a boy who had survived polio, wrote a short letter to his manager on his website, requesting that Spotify not carry his music. Later, the letter was deleted.

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. … Rogan can choose Young. Young said that they could not have both,” according to Wall Street Journal.

“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” the newspaper quoted Young, 76, as writing.

Rogan (54 years old) is host of the “The Joe Rogan Experience”, the highest-rated podcast on Spotify. Spotify holds the exclusive rights.

As of Tuesday, Young’s music, including such songs as “Heart Of Gold,” “Rocking In The Free World” and “Old Man,” was still available on the service, as was Rogan’s podcast.

Spotify, Warner Music Group, “The Joe Rodgan Experience”, and other companies did not respond immediately to inquiries for comment. Young representatives could not reach Young.

Rogan began his stand-up comedy career. His views regarding the coronavirus pandemic and government mandates have caused controversy for years. Rogan has voiced doubts about the necessity of COVID-19 vaccinations and stated that he was using ivermectin as an antiparasite drug, which has not been proven to be effective against COVID.

Young reported in the Journal that Young focused on one episode during which Rogan guests were pushing anti-vaccination myths.

Young wrote that Rogan’s podcast is listened to by 11 million people each episode. He also noted that Spotify has no misinformation policies, according to the newspaper.

Spotify started streaming Rogan’s podcast as part its transformation into the Netflix (NASDAQ 🙂 of audio. Rogan retains complete creative control of the podcast.

In an open letter, 270 doctors and scientists signed a petition to Spotify urging them to investigate Rogan’s false claims on his podcast.

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