Spotify Removes White Supremacist ‘Hate Music’ From Streaming Platform
After the events in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend, which left one person dead and many injured, Spotify has chosen to remove white supremacist “hate music” from its streaming services.
The topics of white supremacism and Nazism have been at America’s forefront since a demonstration last weekend to save a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee turned violent. Those protesting the statue’s removal and their counter-protesters clashed various times, turning deadly after a car driven by an alleged white supremacist plowed into a counter-protest group, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Various Confederate statues around the country have since been pulled down, both by city officials and outraged citizens.
As for Spotify, their decision to remove a number of white power bands from their service came shortly after Digital Music News published a list of 37 White Supremacist Hate Bands on Spotify. “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention,” a Spotify spokeswoman said in a statement. “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.”
Spotify also told Billboard, “Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us.”
Spotify identified and removed the white supremacist acts with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which flagged certain artists as racist “hate bands” in 2014.
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