Spotify is our crutch for a number of reasons, from the playlists we can personalize to Discover Weekly. When we’re too lazy to create a playlist ourselves or our ears need to hear new talent, Spotify has us covered with its curated playlists we can follow including RapCaviar and Today’s Top Hits. Well, there’s already a new change implemented to these Spotify-made playlists.
Spotify recently set forth a “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy. The platform details its belief in “…openness, diversity, tolerance and respect…” along with an action plan in which “…we do not permit hate content on Spotify, and remove it whenever we find it.”
Amidst heightened accusations of abuse against R. Kelly, Spotify recently told Billboard, “We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly.” The platform continued, “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…”
You can still listen to R. Kelly on the app but only if you actively seek his tracks out.
— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) May 10, 2018
The hashtag #MuteRKelly has been circulating Twitter since last month and Me Too founder Tarana Burke already tweeted her approval.
R. Kelly wasn’t the only artist who was impacted by Spotify’s newest policy. Rapper XXXTentacion was also removed from Spotify’s RapCaviar playlist. Despite XXXTentacion’s rising fame, he hasn’t entered the public sphere without controversy as in the last few years, he’s been accused of being involved in altercations, assault and battery.
So far, R. Kelly and XXXTentacion haven’t publicly commented on Spotify’s new change.
Other platforms and companies may just follow in Spotify’s footsteps. An artist’s talent and success don’t equate to a free pass when it comes to controversial allegations.