Spotify removes Neil Young’s music after musician says platform ‘spreads false information about vaccines’

(CNN) — Spotify will no longer play Neil Young’s music. For what it’s worth, he asked.

A day after the musician expressed in a now-deleted post on his official website that he no longer wants his music on the platform because of his relationship with divisive podcast host Joe Rogan’s comments on vaccinations COVID-19, the company says it is honoring Young’s request.

“We want all the music and audio content in the world to be available to Spotify users. With this comes a great responsibility to balance both the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators,” a Spotify spokesperson told The Washington Post in a statement. “We have detailed content policies in place and have removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to see him again soon.

In his post, Young asked his managers and record label to remove his music from Spotify because he said the music and podcast platform is “spreading false information about vaccines – potentially causing the death of those who believe that this disinformation is propagated by them”. (Rolling Stone originally reported the text of the message.)

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all of my music removed from their platform,” the 76-year-old said in Monday’s post, according to Rolling Stone. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

On his podcast, Rogan has made frequent false and inaccurate statements regarding vaccines and COVID-19. Earlier this month, a group of more than 250 scientists, doctors and nurses wrote an open letter to Spotify condemning the streamer for creating the Rogan platform and calling on Spotify to warn its listeners about the misinformation.

“The Joe Rogan Experience” was Spotify’s most popular podcast worldwide in 2021, according to Variety. It became a Spotify exclusive in 2020, when Rogan signed a multi-year exclusive licensing deal with the streaming service.

CNN has reached out to Young’s manager, his publicist at Warner Records and Spotify for comment.