Earlier this month, Spotify announced a set of new policies implemented in an effort to quell the outrage against offenders with numerous violent or sexual misconduct allegations — like R. Kelly, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, and is allegedly running a sex cult. But Spotify is still promoting his merch.
These new content rules mean the streaming service will not be promoting R. Kelly’s music — or any artist’s music that aligns with their “hate content” policy — on promoted playlists or positions on the app.
Since then, Apple Music and Pandora have also quietly removed R. Kelly from its promoted content. While the policy still has plenty of issues (like, which violations made by artists are deemed “bad” enough to issue a removal?), Spotify doesn’t appear to be completely cutting ties with these artists, as evidenced by the merch being sold on the platform. Read more…
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