XXXTentacion's Music Removed From Spotify Playlists Following New Hate Conduct Policy

Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Its Playlists After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Its Playlists After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The organization called "on those who profit from his music to cut ties" following abuse allegations leveled against Kelly.

At the same time, the #MuteRKelly social media campaign has grown in strength over recent weeks, which is lobbying for Kelly's music to stop being played and for his concerts to be cancelled.

R. Kelly, who was acquitted in 2008 on child pornography charges, faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse, including from women who accuse him of coercion and holding them in a sex "cult". Take Spotify, one of the world's largest music-streaming platforms, which announced Thursday it would refrain from promoting Kelly's music.

The policy goes on to outline "hate conduct" as well, claiming that while the streaming service doesn't censor art based on an artist's behaviour, particularly harmful behaviour may affect how Spotify works with or supports certain artists.

Spotify said it made the decision because Kelly violated its new terms and conditions on "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct."

"Some very fearless black women have trusted us with their stories, their truth, and their trauma", dream hampton told Billboard."They are survivors and I'm honored to share their stories with the world".

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Spotify has nixed music in the past due to ideology - such as when it removed neo-Nazi and white supremacist music from its service following last year's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jonathan Prince, head of Spotify's content and marketplace policy, elaborated on the company's decision to Billboard.

Currently, XXXtentacion's official Spotify playlist "This is XXXtentacion" is still available on the platform and still has over 114,000 followers.

Kelly has been accused of a litany of disturbing sexual acts for several years, some involving drugging underage women or training them as sex slaves, but more attention has been paid to his behavior as the #MeToo movement gains popularity and women feel more comfortable going public with their stories.

According to Pitchfork, Spotify will also be removing songs by rapper XXXtentacion, who was recently seen in a video allegedly hitting a woman, from their playlists. "The platform details its belief in "...openness, diversity, tolerance and respect..." along with an action plan in which "...we do not permit hate content on Spotify, and remove it whenever we find it". Today (May 10), Spotify broke the news of the new policy and its basic tenets. But he's also been charged with aggravated battery against a pregnant woman, home invasion and robbery, domestic battery, and a slew of other highly problematic charges.

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