On Thursday, Spotify declared that it would abstain from promoting artists it observed performing “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.” This includes artist R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion, who has been accused throughout the years of sexual behavior. Pandora and Apple Music have now made similar moves to deemphasize these artists.
“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,” Spotify said in a statement. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
In spite of the fact that Spotify has already expelled songs from white supremacist activists in the midst of a rise in hate crimes in the US following the election of Donald Trump, its new approach is a heal turn following an announcement last August. That statement said that “it did not alter its content library ‘based on the actions of the individual behind the content. We hope that Spotify’s users will use their own discretion to determine exactly what music they listen to.'”
In any case, Billboard reports that Spotify has been discreetly upholding a rendition of the new offensive conduct approach for “the last several years” without publicizing it, and furthermore reports that Apple Music quit advancing R. Kelly playlists “a while back” with no declaration.
Spotify revealed to The Verge recently that R. Kelly’s music stays on the different administrations: the service won’t promote it to clients through its playlists. The same has all the earmarks of being valid for Apple and Pandora: the organizations aren’t pulling their music from their lists, and are just practicing some editorial control over who goes on the curated records.
Spotify says that it’s working from client criticism and with assistance from gatherings, for example, GLAAD, the Anti-Defamation League, and others, despite the fact that it’s not clear if Apple and Pandora are taking comparable strategies, abandoning them to take a shot at a case-by-case premise to figure out who gets the additional consideration, and who does not.