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Spotify agrees to remove Neil Young’s music over Joe Rogan dispute

Spotify said Wednesday that it has agreed to remove Neil Young’s music after the famed singer-songwriter said he wouldn’t share the platform with podcaster Joe Rogan, who has been criticized for spreading vaccine misinformation.

“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” Young, 76, said in an open letter to his manager and record label that was posted to his Neil Young Archives website on Monday, according to Rolling Stone. NBC News has not seen the original post, and it is unclear why it was removed from Young’s website.

A Spotify spokesperson said in an emailed statement that the company agreed to remove Young’s work, though it was still accessible to users Wednesday afternoon. Spotify said it regrets Young’s decision but hopes “to welcome him back soon.”

“We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users,” the streaming service said. “With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.”

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