Spotify is a global music streaming giant from Stockholm, Sweden. Not too long ago, they removed R. Kelly’s and XXXTentacion’s music from all Spotify-owned playlists and recommendation features.
The company released its Hate Content and Hateful Conduct policy, which described why they opted to go in this direction. Also, they have partnered with several rights advocacy groups to help identify hateful content on its platform.
Their partners include The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, and Color Of Change. Also, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), GLAAD, Muslim Advocates, and the International Network Against Cyber Hate.
Spotify – XXXTentacion + R. Kelly
“When we are alerted to content that violates our policy, we may remove it. [This is] in consultation with rights holders. Also, [we will] refrain from promoting or playlisting it on our service.”
Spotify created an internal content monitoring tool called AudioWatch, which identifies flagged contents.
Also, R. Kelly and XXXTencion are the first artists to feel the wrath of Spotify’s new policy. Although their music was removed from all Spotify-owned playlists, it can still be streamed on Spotify’s platform.