App for music streaming Spotify is now deleting songs for allegedly violating its CCP Virus (COVID-19) rules. This was discovered after a song by British singer Ian Brown was removed.
Brown announced on Twitter on March 13 that his song “Little Seed Big Tree,” which was released in September of last year, had been removed from the platform.
“SPOTiFY stream the streams and censor artists like they have with my last song TOOK IT DOWN just put it down the memory hole! FREE EXPRESSiON AS REVOLUTION,” Brown wrote.
SPOTiFY stream the streams and censor artists like they have with my last song TOOK IT DOWN just put it down the memory hole! FREE EXPRESSiON AS REVOLUTiON
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) March 12, 2021
Spotify claimed that it removed the song for violating its misinformation policy.
“Spotify prohibits content on the platform which promotes dangerous false, deceptive, or misleading content about COVID-19 that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health,” a representative for the company told Reclaim the Net.
“When content that violates this standard is identified it is removed from the platform,” Spotify said.
“Masonic lockdown, soul shot down/ State shakedown, a mass breakdown/ Put your muzzle on,” the song goes. The track also alluded to forced vaccinations, “A forced vaccine, like a bad dream/ They’ll plant a microchip, every woman, child and man.”
The former Stone Roses frontman also declined to headline the British music festival Neighbourhood Weekender, which requires evidence of vaccination as a condition of entry. He has previously indicated that he will never perform at a venue that requires vaccine passports.
My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen! I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry.Refunds are available! X
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) March 3, 2021