Neil Young has announced plans to remove all Facebook and Google logins from his Neil Young Archives website.
This announcement is nothing terribly new, as the 74-year-old politically-minded rocker has railed against Facebook since the aftermath of the 2016 election. He delayed initial plans to purge Facebook logins back in March on account of the pandemic, stating that “asking people to make a transition now, would just add another complication to their lives and tax our customer support.” However the reasons for his stance against Google are much less clear.
In an email sent out to Neil Young Archives subscribers, the singer-songwriter stated that the transition will be an easy one that will require “just a few extra clicks.” After that, users’ accounts will be switched to their email address and a password for the login. After thanking his subscribers for bearing with this change, Young sites the Neil Young Archives Times-Contrarian motto, “Quality whether you want it or not!”
As for why Young is making this change, the email directs users to a post on NYA from February 21st, 2020. The post states that while the estimated cost of purging Facebook and Google logins from the site is roughly $20,000, the price is worth it.
“Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users,” the post reads in part. “Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we cannot condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election.”
Yet the post, titled “After Facebook”, lays out what the goals of the Neil Young Archive are, and they seem eerily similar to that of the social media platform.
“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.”
See the email from Neil Young Archives, obtained in part by Variety, as well as the original post announcing the reason for the split from Google and Facebook.
Neil Young Archives Email
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!’”
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 cannot 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,