As of today (5/10), that includes Spotify's new decision to no longer include the music of R. Kelly on any editorial or algorithmic playlists.
The announcement comes as the momentum builds against the singer's alleged sexual misconduct allegations.
R. Kelly has made headlines over the past several years for various claims of sexual violence and for running a "sex cult". And Apple will also likely have to take a position on this matter too given the widespread publicity the R Kellycampaign has attained.
The new policy defines hateful conduct as "something that is especially harmful or hateful", a category which includes violence against children and sexual violence.
Kelly's rampant abuse of power began with his "secret" marriage to Detroit's ownAaliyah in 1994 when she was just 15 (Vibe produced a marriage certificate in which the singer's age appeared falsified to say she was 18). The service said it won't start censoring content because of an artist's behavior.
Now, as the streaming continues to navigate which music it will and won't stand behind, here are 10 other artists worth reconsidering under the policy.
While Kelly's music is only being removed from Spotify's playlists and not from the platform entirely, placement on Spotify's playlists is responsible for a massive amount of consumption of music on the platform.
Kelly isn't the only artist affected by the policy. But that opens a myriad of complexities ahead, given the shady "values" of hundreds of successful artists - past and present. And there are a multitude of songs from artists in different genres that could be construed as hateful. We also built an internal content monitoring tool, Spotify AudioWatch, which identifies content on our platform that has been flagged as hate content on specific worldwide registers.
In order to effectively sift out content that promotes hate speech or racism, Spotify partnered with The Anti-Defamation League, The Southern Poverty Law Center, GLAAD, Muslim Advocates, and more.