Spotify Cancels Its Controversial “Hateful Content” Policy

Just the other day, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek commented on the company’s “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy, which led to the removal of music from artists like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion on the music streaming service. Now, the company has updated their decision by officially announcing that it will be “moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct.”

Revealed in a blog post on Spotify’s website, the music streaming service said that the new policy around hate content and conduct “was too vague,” and “created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time getting input,” from their own team and partners before executing the guidelines.

Additionally, Spotify said that it “[doesn’t] aim to play judge and jury,” but highlighting the “deeply rooted … respective cultures” of its playlist editors, and that “their decisions focus on what music will positively resonate with their listeners. That can vary greatly from culture to culture, and playlist to playlist.”

Furthermore, the announcement addresses that the hateful content part of the policy will remain in effect, and “content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation” will remain absent from the service’s playlists. Adding, “we’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content – we’re talking about hate speech.”

For the full update, you can read the entire statement on Spotify.

Up next, read about our night with Kanye West in Wyoming, recapping his listening party for ‘ye.’

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