Why Spotify Backtracked On Its Controversial ‘Hateful Conduct’ Policy

June 2, 2018 2:55 pm Last Updated: June 2, 2018 2:55 pm

In a statement issued Friday, Spotify admitted it doesn’t want to police the content on its platform. As stated in a tweet, “We don’t aim to play judge and jury.” This comes following the roll-out of a “hateful conduct” policy last month that led to the removal of artists such as R. Kelly and XXXTenacion–prompting backlash. Spotify says that while their intentions were good, they didn’t do their due diligence with the policy, and that the language was too vague. Spotify CEO even went as far as to say the policy was “rolled out wrong.” The policy has now been updated to reflect Spotify’s adjusted stance.