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Spotify Stops Promoting “Harmful or Hateful” Artists

Spotify’s New Policies on Hate

Spotify has made a policy that lets it ban or hide music or artists it thinks are “hateful.” R. Kelly is the first big name to be affected by this policy.

Spotify’s new policy relates to hate content and hateful conduct. Spotify defines hate material as “explicitly and primarily advocating, promoting, or inciting hatred or violence against a group or person.”

Thus, songs are labelled racist or sexist, and so forth.

This new policy on “hate material and vile behaviour” has been revealed by Spotify. As a result of this decision, Spotify will no longer provide specific tracks or albums, and it will also impact some artists. So far, R. Kelly is the only one who’s been harmed.

In theory, Spotify’s new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy is nice, but if you’re going to hold 1 or 2 artists accountable, you have to do the same with every artist.

— ronald isley (@yoyotrav) May 10, 2018

The term “hateful conduct” refers to an artist’s behaviour outside of the recording studio. Thus, if a pop celebrity is determined to have engaged in “violence against minors and sexual violence,” as Spotify puts it, the streaming service may opt to discontinue supporting that artist.

R. Kelly Has Already Been Demoted

Spotify seems to have already implemented its rules against R. Kelly. The singer/songwriter best known for I Believe I Can Fly has been effectively pushed off of Spotify, with the platform opting not to promote him or his songs.

Spotify has not imposed a restriction on R. Kelly. Therefore, you may still listen to his music if you search for him on Spotify. On the other hand, Spotify has deleted R. Kelly’s songs from its curated playlists and will no longer actively promote him on the platform.

A Slippery Slope Towards Censorship

Spotify is free to promote whichever artists it chooses and can also choose not to promote any artist at its discretion. It is important to point out, however, that despite the fact that R. Kelly has been accused of committing a number of infractions throughout the course of his career, he has never been found guilty of any kind of wrongdoing.

Spotify may come to regret this, regardless of the merits of specific instances. The corporation may have maintained its policy of not passing judgement on a performer based on non-musical matters. Rather than that, Spotify will now pass moral judgement on individuals.

It feels as though we are in a dangerous scenario. Promoting artists that do not meet Spotify’s requirements is, according to the company’s current policy, something that will no longer be done. Which makes perfect sense. On the other hand, this tactic might evolve into an entirely new one at some point in the future. Because of this, accusations of censorship will be levelled against Spotify.

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