Spotify Removes Hate Music After Being Called Out
Spotify is doing its part to fight KKK, Neo-Nazis, white nationalist, and alt-right groups after the tragic and eye-opening events this past week in Charlottesville.
Spotify has announced that it has removed a number of white-supremacist acts from its streaming service after Digital News Music posted a story headlined “I Just Found 27 White Supremacist Hate bands On Spotify”.
Spotify was swift to react to the article, responding within 48 hours to say that it had removed some of the music from its service and was quickly working to review the rest, according to BBC Newsbeat, but that doesn’t change the fact that most of these same songs had been flagged as racist “hate bands” by the Southern Poverty Law Center three years ago and were were pulled from iTunes in 2014.
Spotify gave an official statement to Billboard to reinforce its stance on extremist music, “Illegal content or material that favours hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us.”
The streaming service went on to say that they were reviewing the possibility of blocking this type of content in the future and even created a new playlist called Patriotic Passion that includes a Jimi Hendrix rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, N.W.A.’s “Express Yourself” and Khalid’s “American Teen.”