Spotify has announced that it is removing the R. Kelly’s music from all editorial or algorithmic playlists, Billboard reports because of escalating sexual abuse allegations.
By this action, users will no longer come across R. Kelly’s music in RapCaviar, Discover Weekly, New Music Friday, or its Your Daily Mix section.
This comes after Spotify reviewed its public hate content and hateful conduct policy in which states that Spotify believes “In openness, diversity, tolerance, and respect, and we want to promote those values through music and the creative arts,” as the policy reads.
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly, his music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.” Spotify told Billboard in a statement.
“When we look at promotion, we look at issues around hateful conduct, where you have an artist or another creator who has done something off-platform that is so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something that we don’t want to associate ourselves with,So we’ve decided that in some circumstances, we may choose to not work with that artist or their content in the same way—to not program it, to not playlist it, to not do artist marketing campaigns with that artist,” Spotify’s head of content and marketplace technology Jonathan Prince told Billboard.