By Tunde Adediran
Earlier this month, Spotify initiated a new policy addressing hate speech and hateful conduct, the implementation of this policy allowed the music-streaming service remove songs or artists from its promoted playlists.
Under the new policy, XXXTentacion, who was charged for physically abusing a pregnant woman, and R. Kelly, who has been accused of raping multiple women and minors, were the affected artists initially announced.
However, on Friday, Spotify said that its policy cracking down on hate content remains, but the company will be “moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct.”
“The whole goal with this was to make sure that we didn’t have hate speech,” Daniel Ek said during a Code Conference Q&A session, according to Variety. “It was never about punishing one individual artist or even naming one individual artist.” The Spotify chief executive also added that the company “screwed up” how it informed people about the policy and implemented it.
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