Removing Hateful Content From Spotify After Charlottesville and Beyond
To counteract the rising volume of white supremacy in the U.S., we partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center to remove hate music from Spotify. Since then, we've continued to work with advocacy groups to ensure that hate music stays off of Spotify.
This year, we publicly shared our new hate content policy. You can read more about how we are defining hate content below:
Hate content is content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. We do not permit hate content on Spotify. When we are alerted to content that violates this standard, we will remove it from the platform. If you believe a piece of content violates our hate content policy, complete the form here and we will carefully review it against our policy. We are also continuing to develop and implement content monitoring technology which identifies content on our service that has been flagged as hate content on specific international registers.
We also created the Patriotic Passion playlist that served as a soundtrack to an inclusive America.
Hate music has become a multimillion-dollar industry that is often used as a powerful recruiting tool for neo-Nazi and other white supremacist groups. Spotify did the right thing by removing hateful music from its streaming services and we’re glad to be partnering with them on this effort.
– Southern Poverty Law Center