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Spotify remove 'hate conduct' policy following backlash

Spotify remove 'hate conduct' policy following backlash

Spotify have backtracked on the policy which removed R Kelly's music from their playlists.In a statement released on Friday, the streaming service said it had created 'confusion and concern'.The "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct" policy was introduced in May. It had proven controversial since its introduction, with Kendrick Lamar's record label threatening to remove music.
R Kelly's music was removed from promoted playlists due to sexual assault allegations which he denies
On Wednesday Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted they "could have done a much better job".
Friday's statement, which can be read in full here, clarified their position, explaining the policy had two distinct parts. The first, relating to the decision to remove artists from playlists if they were involved in "controversies", has now been reversed."We created concern that allegations might affect artists' chances of landing on a Spotify playlist and negatively impact their future," the statement explains. "Some artists even worried that mistakes made in their youth would be used against them. That's not what Spotify is about."Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here.
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