Today, Spotify announced that its “hate conduct” policy will be revamped after an industry backlash.
Spotify’s controversial policy to reduce “hate content and hateful conduct” on the streaming platform was short-lived as the company announced that while its policy against hate content remains in place, it will not “play judge and jury” when it comes to artist conduct.
In May, Spotify announced that some artists would be removed from their owned and operated playlists that was violent or hateful, including R Kelly and XXXTentaction, and the company came under fire for regulating some artists and not others.
In Spotify’s blog, the company stated:
“We don’t aim to play judge and jury. We aim to connect artists and fans — and Spotify playlists are a big part of how we do that. Our playlist editors are deeply rooted in their respective cultures, and their decisions focus on what music will positively resonate with their listeners. That can vary greatly from culture to culture, and playlist to playlist. Across all genres, our role is not to regulate artists. Therefore, we are moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct.”
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted that the company “could have done a much better job” of the roll-out, which didn’t turn out that great.
This decision comes after representatives for acts including Kendrick Lamar reached out to EK to express their disappointment with the policy. Spotify initially responded by reinstating music by XXXTentacion on official playlists. The rapper is awaiting trial over charges of aggravated battery against a pregnant woman and witness tampering.
In Spotify’s post, it concludes,
“We will continue to seek ways to impact the greater good and further the industry we all care so much about. We believe Spotify has an opportunity to help push the broader music community forward through conversation, collaboration and action. We’re committed to working across the artist and advocacy communities to help achieve that.”