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Spotify removes music by “hate bands” from its platform 

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2017

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Spotify has removed music from a number of acts that were identified as racist “hate bands” by US civil rights advocacy group the Southern Poverty Law Center three years ago.

The streaming firm has acted in response to an article on Digital Music News, which identified the acts criticised by the Southern Poverty Law Center that were available via the digital service. The DMN article, of course, followed the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend during a white supremacist rally, which has put overtly racist political groups back into the media spotlight.

Spotify confirmed to Billboard that it had now removed the acts listed in the article, adding that it generally relies on its label and distributor partners to filter out music of this kind, but that “illegal content or material that favours hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us”.

The streaming firm’s spokesperson added: “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”.



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