Spotify axes its hateful conduct policy because the language is too vague

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Spotify axed its hateful conduct policy
Spotify have decided not to go through with the controversial policy which was canned by Kendrick Lamar (Photo: Rex Features)

Spotify have decided not to go through with the controversial policy which removed R Kellys music from its playlists and was canned by Kendrick Lamar.

In a statement released on Friday, the music streaming service said that the language around the new policy around hate content and conduct was too vague.

The company stated: We created confusion and concern, and didnt spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines.

Kendrick Lamar threatened to pull all of his music from Spotify over the policy, which many saw as a move to censor music.

Punch, the president of Top Dawg Entertainment posted on Twitter, calling the move dangerous.

Whoa. Are they censoring the music? Thats dangerous.

— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) May 10, 2018

The company had initially gotten into hot water after it removed R Kelly – who was accused of grooming an underage girl in a BBC documentary.

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It appears Spotify has listened to its critics: Its important to note that our policy had two parts. The first was related to promotional decisions in the rare cases of the most extreme artist controversies. As some have pointed out, this language was vague and left too many elements open to interpretation.

We created concern that an allegation might affect artists chances of landing on a Spotify playlist and negatively impact their future. Some artists even worried that mistakes made in their youth would be used against them.

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Thats not what Spotify is about. We dont aim to play judge and jury.

The streaming website also reiterated that it will remove content…whose principle purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Were not talking about offensive, explicit or vulgar content – were talking about hate speech.

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