Spotify has dropped R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from their playlists as part of their new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy
In more recent years, many music artists and others as well are finally starting to be held accountable for their actions both in their art and in their own time. Now, widely utilized streaming service Spotify is joining the movement in their own way with their recently implemented Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy.
The policy aims to remove “content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.” while at the same time examining context just to make sure they are doing the right thing.
In terms of artist behavior outside of music, the policy states:
“We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values.
When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful (for example, violence against children and sexual violence), it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
As a result of this policy, Spotify has now removed the music of famed rappers R. Kelly as well as XXXTentacion from its editorial and algorithmic playlists in order to promote “openness, diversity, tolerance, and respect”.
Spotify in a statement to Billboard says on the matter:
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly. His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it.
We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values.”
Since 2002, R. Kelly has had numerous charges piled up against him such as but not limited to: making child pornography (though he was acquitted in 2008), running/being part of a cult, underage sex and abuse, manipulating a woman into willingly receiving a STD from him, etc.
XXXTentacion spent six months in jail in 2016-17 as a result of a November 2015 crime which resulted in charges of armed home invasion robbery as well as aggravated battery with a firearm.
The rapper also has been dealing with charges that include aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering, and battery of a woman in the head.
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