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CANADIAN SINGER - SONGWRITER Joni Mitchell has announced that she will remove her music from Spotify following the lead of Neil Young in protesting the popular streaming service giving voice to misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.

Mitchell acted in the aftermath of last Wednesday's announcement by Spotify and Young that the platform would remove his music following his objection to his songs playing on the same service that offers a podcast by prominent vaccine skeptic Joe Rogan.

''I've decided to remove all my music from Spotify,'' Mitchell said in a statement published on her website. ''Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue,'' she added.

Earlier this week, Young shared a letter on his website addressed to his manager and his record label demanding that Spotify no longer carry his music, writing, '' They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.'' The letter was later deleted from the site.

Rogan, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, has long stirred controversy with his views on the pandemic, government mandates and Covid-19 vaccines. Being the host of a top-rated podcast on Spotify, Rogan questioned the need for vaccines on his show and said he used ivermectin instead, which is an anti-parasite drug that has no proven benefit against the coronavirus.

Following the uproar, Spotify promised it will add a '' content advisory '' from now on, to any podcast that includes discussion about Covid-19.

Chief executive officer Daniel Ek made the announcement after coming under fire from rock and folk legends for giving voice to misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.

''This new effort to combat misinformation will roll out to countries around the world in the coming days,'' Ek wrote in a blog post published Sunday. ''To our knowledge, this content advisory is the first of its kind by a major podcast platform.''

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Megan also expressed their concern to Spotify about Covid-19 misinformation on its platform and are committed to continuing to work with the company, a spokesperson for their Archewell foundation said on Sunday.

The advisory will direct listeners to Covid-19 hub that contains facts and information from medical and health experts, as well as links to trusted sources.

Earlier this month, 270 scientists and medical professionals signed a letter urging Spotify to take action against Rogan, accusing him of spreading falsehoods on the podcast. In a tweet on Saturday best-selling author Brene Brown - host of the Spotify exclusive podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead said she would ''not be releasing any podcasts until further notice.''

When approached by a Reuters correspondent, Brown could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ek's continued in the post, ''A decade ago, we created Spotify to enable the work of creators around the world to be heard and enjoyed by listeners around the world. To our very core, we believe that listening is everything. Pick almost any issue and you will find people and opinions on either side of it. Personally, there are plenty of individuals and views on Spotify that I disagree with strongly.''

Spotify is also publishing platform rules for its creators, according to him, ''We know we have a critical role to play in supporting creator expression while balancing it with the safety of our users,'' Ek wrote. '' In that role. it is important to me that we don't take on the position of being content censor while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them.

His statement added, ''I want you to know that from the very first days of this pandemic, Spotify has been biased toward action. We launched a variety of educational resources and campaigns to raise awareness and we developed and promoted a global Covid-19 Information Hub.

We donated ad inventory to various organizations for vaccine awareness, funds to World Health Organization and Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access [ COVAX ] to increase vaccine equity and supported the Go Give One fundraising campaign.

And we established a music relief project to support the creative community. While this is not a complete list, I hope it gives you a sense of how seriously we've approached the pandemic as a company. ''

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