Spotify Removes “Hate Bands” From Its Streaming Library

By Staff  |  08/17/2017

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Spotify is the latest company to take a stand against hate and racism.

Following positions by Google, GoDaddy, Facebook and Reddit, the streaming platform has removed any music flagged as racist "hate bands" from its service.

According to Billboard, Spotify made the move after Digital Music News posted a story headlined "I Just Found 27 White Supremacist Hate bands On Spotify," bringing the content to Spotify's attention.

A spokeswoman for Spotify told Billboard that while the music in its catalog comes from hundreds of thousands of record companies and aggregators worldwide, and those are "at first hand responsible" for the content they deliver, "illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us."

"Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content - and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder," she said in the statement.

Spotify's database of songs totals tens of millions. The company says moving forward it is looking into the possibility of blocking racist content from future music recommendations.

They are also pushing a new playlist called Patriotic Passion that includes a Jimi Hendrix rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, Lady Gaga's "Americano," and Khalid's "American Teen."

"It's a soundtrack to an America worth fighting for," the spokeswoman said in a separate statement.