Published Aug 11, 2020While Neil Young recently launched a legal war against Donald Trump, he's now starting another political battle — this time with big tech. According to the Canadian songwriting hero, he's spending "almost $20,000 to disengage" from Google and Facebook.
In a newsletter send out to subscribers of his Neil Young Archives today, he detailed his costly decision to scrub Google and Facebook from his website.
"Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users," Young wrote. "Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we cannot condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election."
He went on to call Facebook "the corrupt social platform," adding, "The money we are spending to get out of this mess is … in keeping with what we have been maintaining re: the irresponsible social media platform for the past two years."
Down below, you can see the full email that was sent out today to subscribers.
Hello NYA Member—
We're reaching out because Neil Young Archives is about to begin the process of eliminating Facebook and Google logins from our website. (If you want to read about why, we have included Neil's article from the NYATC at the bottom of this email.)
If you use Facebook or Google for login, we are going to ask you to run through a quick process the next time you log in — it's just a few extra clicks. At the end of the process, your account will be transitioned to use your email address and a password for login. Goodbye Facebook and Google buttons.
We thank you immensely for bearing with us through this process. We know it's not convenient, but we believe we will be better for it. "Quality whether you want it or not!"
If you have any questions, please reach out to customer support through our contact page. Thanks for being a part of NYA!
—The Archives Team
NYA DAYS AWAY FROM DROPPING SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
We have been working on this project for a couple of months. Trying to disengage from the corrupt social platform is a costly and time-consuming process for NYA. Our cost will be almost $20,000 to disengage, while treating our subscribers with respect, making it as easy as possible for them to continue with us after Facebook.
Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users. Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we can not condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election.
The money we are spending to get out of this mess is designed to make it as easy as possible for our valued Facebook users to log in simply and securely to NYA without the social media platform involved in any way. It is in keeping with what we have been maintaining re: the irresponsible social media platform for the past two years.
NYA strives to be a place where music lovers can get all of my music at its highest quality, while keeping up on news and views from around the world that we wish to share. We are primarily a music platform featuring all the background information, films, videos, and credits associated with each piece of music we present while offering unparalleled listening quality.
thanks for your support,
In addition to apparently taking Trump to court, Young blasted the U.S. president with the recently shared song "Looking for a Leader 2020."