Spotify Moves Away From Implementing a Policy Around Artist Conduct
Three weeks after introducing its new hate content and hateful conduct policy that saw the music of XXXTentacion and R. Kelly removed from Spotify-promoted playlists, the streaming service is now moving away from implementing the policy.
On Friday (June 1), Spotify shared an update and admitted the language of the original policy was vague. "As some have pointed out, this language was vague and left too many elements open to interpretation," the statement reads. "We created concern that an allegation might affect artists’ chances of landing on a Spotify playlist and negatively impact their future."
According to the company, it's not aiming to play "judge and jury" and says its role isn't to regulate artists. "Therefore, we are moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct," the statement continues.
While the streaming service will move away from the hateful conduct policy, it will still keep its hate content policy in place. "Spotify does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation," the statement reads. "As we’ve done before, we will remove content that violates that standard."
Spotify assures that its hate content policy will not police offensive, explicit or vulgar lyrics, instead, it will be focused on hate speech. "We believe Spotify has an opportunity to help push the broader music community forward through conversation, collaboration and action," Spotify added.
When the hateful conduct policy was first introduced, it was met with a swift backlash from artists and fans who said it would be a slippery slope. XXXTentacion's team even called out the streaming service for removing X's music from its playlists but not removing the music of other rappers and rock artists who have run into legal trouble.
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