Spotify Removes Ian Brown Song Over Anti-Lockdown, Anti-Mask Lyrics

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Spotify has removed an Ian Brown song over its anti-lockdown lyrical content. Here’s the latest.

The Stone Roses frontman’s song was available on streaming services last September. It came with a message, “NO LOCKDOWN NO TESTS NO TRACKS NO MASKS NO VAX.” The song is still available on Apple Music, which is why Brown took to Twitter to put Spotify on blast for censorship.

“Spotify stream the streams and censor the artists like they have with the last song TOOK IT DOWN, just put it down the memory hole!” his tweet begins. When coverage of the story broke, Spotify confirmed that it had removed the song for containing misleading content.

“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. When content that violates this standard is identified it is removed from the platform,” a Spotify spokesperson told NME.

Ian Brown has come under fire for tweets about the coronavirus pandemic and his skepticism. Brown suggested the crisis was planned and designed to make people “digital slaves” due to the work-from-home environment. He also spread misinformation about the coronavirus, calling it nothing more than the common cold. Brown has lost work due to his stances.

He was supposed to headline the Neighborhood Weekender festival in Manchester, England. However, the frontman later tweeted that the show would not happen because of the show’s stipulations for attendance.

“My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen,” he wrote on Twitter. “I refuse to accept vaccination proof as a condition of entry. Refunds are available!” Brown also tweeted in February 2021 that he would not sing to any crowd that requires a vaccine to attend.

The removed Ian Brown song ran afoul of Spotify’s stance on not spreading misinformation.

But several investigations after the Capitol riots found Apple, Spotify, and Google continued to host conspiracy theory content on their platforms. Spotify banned the ‘War Room’ podcast hosted by Steve Bannon in November 2020. Yet others without famous figureheads are allowed to exist on the platform.

“If you’re going to take a strong stance against hate and extremism in the platform in any way, it should be all-inclusive,” says Oren Segal of ADL’s Center on Extremism. Several of these conspiracy theory podcasts remain on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, and other services.

14 Responses

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    Herr Funkheimer

    Big win for the Brownshirts! We kill those who disagree with us!

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      Reggie Wyatt

      Great post for an idiot. We don’t kill anyone. People do die though when misinformation persists around a global fucking pandemic that has killed over a million people. So, fuck you, asshole.

      • Avatar
        Herr Funkheimer

        99.6 % survive.
        80% of infected have no symptoms.
        73% of those who died were morbidly obese.
        90% who died have other complications.
        Hospitals over reported COVID deaths by 50% for profit.

        So, fuk u. Fuk ur masks. Fuk your Brownshirts. This is fukking war.

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    50 Cent

    Covid-19 is fake. The government planned the New World Order decades ago. We are now living in it. Wake up sheeple!

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      Eddie

      Tell that to the millions who have died and the 100s of millions who have gotten sick. You’re a fool.

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        Herr Funkheimer

        Millions have not died from COVID. Hospitals STOLE from the taxpayer by reporting any death as caused by COVID. The real numbers are LESS than an average flu season.

        Children are 4X more likely to die from the flu, but you idiot maskholes ignore that.

        FUK UR MASK.

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        Daymo

        Correct, millions do die, and there has been slight increase the past decade due to demographics, ageing population etc. However not 100s of millions, roughly 59 million pro year worldwide.

        But there hasn’t been a huge increase due to covid, the death rate is pretty constant the statistics are not measurably higher than normal. There was quite an increase in 2017 – 2018 as result of the flu, but no one noticed as the media didn’t push it.

        Covid isn’t fake but the way it is being sold as a pandemic is. I expect those that have set this in motion can’t believe their luck at how it was to hoodwink the masses.

        A wise leader once said…
        Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me… you can’t get fooled again. 😉

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          Herr Funkheimer

          Fat people choose their own fates. The choose heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a higher risk of respiratory failure.

          Why do I have to wear a mask to save them when they could just stop stuffing their pieholes?

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    Brett H. Ratlian

    Provided your numbers are correct, you’re saying that it’s justifiable and OK that the 73% died because they were fat and 90% died because they had other complications? That’s lunacy. When you are related to or know someone who falls into the .4% (that is an incorrect stat), you might change your stance on this situation.

    Masks do work. It has been proven by multiple studies at reputable medical agencies and facilities. You, a lone conspiracy theorist, don’t really have anything.

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      Herr Funkheimer

      It means very few people died from COVID.

      This entire debacle is the biggest hoax in US history. Yet, maskholes go right along because the government gives them free money.

      Countries that ignored the lockdowns had the same infection rate as those that did.

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    BAC

    Masks have never worked. There were scores of randomized and controlled studies published in medical journals in the past 20 years concerning mask usage and virus transmission, all using medical personnel, and none of them showed that mask usage worked. What actually worked was washing your hands regularly and not touching your face.

    We didn’t use masks during H1N1 in 2009, nor H3N2 in 1968-1969, nor H3N2 in 1957. There are lots of historical news stories with medical experts from those years and they all said don’t bother with masks, just wash your hands and avoid large crowds. You can use any library resource to look up this info from major media outlets back in the day.

    Those of us who point this out are mocked, impugned, and are told we’re conspiracy theorists. We’re not wrong. The science is on our side. Even the CDC and World Health Organization said the same thing until April 2020. You can do image searches and find all the old graphics on this. Then, all of a sudden, and without any reason or citation, the policies changed. A couple of bogus “studies” that were either garbage and published in the crooked Lancet (and later retracted) were cited, or “statistical analysis” which is another garbage propaganda method, was shoved out to the media, who dutifully reported it to the public.

    Ever got the feeling you’ve been cheated?

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    Clarisse Tittles

    When all is said and done the song is wank.