Spotify to Stop Promoting Certain Artists Like R. Kelly with Mixed Reactions

Spotify is changing its policies.

Spotify will stop promoting certain artists that it feels violate its policy in playlists. R. Kelly is one of the artists that is included in this policy. XXXTentacion is also being removed from playlists. This comes with a new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy.

Spotify told Newsbeat: “We want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values”. Furthermore, the company added, “We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations, such as Discover Weekly”.

The company describes hate content as: “Content that 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.”

Many have voiced criticism of this, saying that it amounts to censorship, especially given that he nor other artists targeted have not been convicted of any crimes.

However, their music will remain on the platform and be available as always. The streaming service will simply stop promoting it in playlists.

R. Kelly’s management responded to the recent #MuteRKelly movement as the “lynching” of a black man.

So what do y’all think? Ok or censorship?

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