Spotify misses the mark on COVID

Because Spotify has a commanding global presence in music and podcasts, it needs to hold its artists accountable for lies and misinformation.



February 3, 2022 - 9:55 AM

Singer Neil Young, left, has pulled his music from Spotify in protest of the platform’s airing lies and misinformation about COVID-19, including that aired on the podcast of Joe Rogan, right. (Photo of Neil Young by Alice Chiche/AFP via Getty Images/TNS. Photo of Joe Rogan by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/TNS)

Over the past few days a number of brave artists have taken a valiant stand against the lies and misinformation being promoted on Spotify.

In particular, Neil Young pulled his music from the Spotify platform to protest against popular podcast host Joe Rogan, who has hosted several outspoken skeptics of vaccines for COVID-19.

Initially it appeared Young would lose the David and Goliath struggle with Spotify. Star columnist Vinay Menon wrote a great article on the battle and we agreed with his humorous, biting wit. “Joe Rogan doesn’t need Spotify. Spotify needs Joe Rogan,” wrote Menon. “Spotify doesn’t need Neil Young.”

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