Spotify Remove ‘Hate Conduct’ Policy Following Backlash


Spotify have backtracked on the policy which removed R Kelly’s music from their playlists.

In a statement released on Friday, the streaming service said it had created ‘confusion and concern’.

The “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy was introduced in May.

It had proven controversial since its introduction, with Kendrick Lamar’s record label threatening to remove music.

On Wednesday Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted they “could have done a much better job”.

Friday’s statement, clarified their position, explaining the policy had two distinct parts.

The first, relating to the decision to remove artists from playlists if they were involved in “controversies”, has now been reversed.

“We created concern that allegations might affect artists’ chances of landing on a Spotify playlist and negatively impact their future,” the statement explains.

“Some artists even worried that mistakes made in their youth would be used against them. That’s not what Spotify is about.”

The second part focused on hate content, described as content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence.

Spotify say this policy will remain but they clarified that “offensive, explicit, or vulgar content” don’t violate the terms.

Anthony Tiffith, the CEO of record label Top Dawg Entertainment, home to Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Schoolboy Q had threatened to remove music if changes weren’t made.

Speaking to Billboard, he confirmed he had spoken with Daniel Ek and Spotify’s head of artist relations Troy Carter.

“I expressed how I felt about it, about censorship, how you can’t do artists that way.”

Tiffith explained his issue regarding how the specific artists were chosen.

“How come they didn’t pick out any others from any other genres? It seems to me that they’re constantly picking on hip-hop culture.

“My whole thing with them was, we gotta fix this situation, and if it can’t be fixed, then there’s gonna be a real problem, we’re gonna have to start pulling our music from the site.”

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