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[COMMENTARY] Twitter Users Are Spreading Their Own Misinformation About Artists Leaving Spotify Over Rogan Misinformation

[COMMENTARY] Twitter Users Are Spreading Their Own Misinformation About Artists Leaving Spotify Over Rogan Misinformation

Joni Mitchell has announced her solidarity with her old friend, Neil Young, in leaving the music service Spotify over its refusal to remove Joe Rogan’s podcast for COVID19 and other political misinformation. And while that literally rocks, what doesn’t is Twitter’s propensity to blow up a story with their own takes that somehow become accepted as fact within minutes.

Barry Manilow was somehow lumped in with Young and Mitchell, although he hasn’t made any such announcement. Peter Frampton tweeted his own anti-Spotify take, but that’s been about it. Mostly, Twitter users have been tweeting stuff like “Come on Taylor Swift!” and “If Dave Grohl took Foo Fighters off of Spotify, Joe Rogan would be the only one left.” And then Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters began trending, with one online outlet going as far as to use Grohl’s image in a piece about artists leaving Spotify. While it’s clarified in the body of the piece that it’s just a “maybe,” using Grohl for clout-chasing and clicks is wrong. Until Grohl makes an official announcement, everyone needs to take a note from Taylor Swift and calm down.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 11: Singers Neil Young (L) and Joni Mitchell attend Clive Davis and The Recording Academy’s 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

Misinformation is misinformation regardless of the subject. And while someone tweeting a declarative, “Foo Fighters are leaving Spotify!” isn’t going to cause a national panic, it’s still important to stick to the truths that you have available to you. It’s one thing for someone to tweet their support of Young and Mitchell, it’s another to force an artist to make a financial and political decision they may not want to make.

Except it isn’t true, at least not yet. It’s super easy to just ask the Google, “Have Foo Fighters left Spotify?” And as I write this on Saturday afternoon, they haven’t announced anything new on their Twitter account except for their horror-comedy movie, so everyone needs to slow their Grohl here.

Manilow tweeted from his official account, so y’know, maybe just read the facts from the man who wrote the songs that make the whole world sing.

 

So I’m begging you all to just wait. It may be the hardest part, but as Dave Grohl would tell you, it’s times like these when you can’t let the internet get the best of you. *rimshot*

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