Some lucky web developer just scored $20k to scour Facebook out of Neil Young’s website

Plans to ‘disengage from the corrupt social platform’ that ‘is screwing with our election’

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Ageing and angry rock icon Neil Young will scour Facebook and Google from his online archive.

And not before time: in 2018 The Register reported that Young had taken aim at Google, Facebook and Amazon for distributing of music without paying artists. But as we noted at the time, to read his objections readers had to sign in to Young’s site with either Google or Facebook, meaning he was feeding the beasts he derided.

Now Young’s certainty that Facebook does not have a heart of gold have seen him fork out “almost $20,000” to “disengage from the corrupt social platform.”

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“Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users,” Young told members. “Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we can not condone.”

“Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election.”

Young is an avowed anti-Trumper and sued the president’s re-election campaign for copyright breach after it repeatedly used his music at campaign rallies against his wishes. He recently re-recorded a song titled “Looking for a Leader” that criticises the president and invited him to play it at his next rally.

The renowned rocker’s also campaigned against the humble MP3 codec on grounds that it ruins his music. His response was to attempt the creation of his own iPod-like device, but that effort died in 2017. ®

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