Spotify Changes Hate Speech Policy, Business Deal for Indie Artists

The music streaming service Spotify recently reversed course on its new policy of removing artists from the platform that appeared to promote hate speech or hateful conduct.

Spotify seemed to go after artists that women accused of sexual misconduct or domestic violence like R&B artists R. Kelly and Chris Brown.

“Across all genres, our role is not to regulate artists,” the company said in a statement released on June 1 in which the streaming service admitted that their planned policy contained too much vagueness.

“Therefore, we are moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct. We don’t aim to play judge and jury.”

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