Apple Music and Pandora join R. Kelly playlist purge

Apple Music and Pandora join R. Kelly playlist purge

Apple Music and Pandora join R. Kelly playlist purge

The company cited its new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy for the move (R. Kelly has continued to face mounting allegations of sexual misconduct connected to his alleged "cult" of young women). "To that end, the company added yesterday: "[We have] also built an internal content monitoring tool, Spotify AudioWatch, which identifies content on our platform that has been flagged as hate content on specific global registers. Although they applauded the company's "strong position" vis-à-vis violence against women, they were anxious that the limitations already imposed by Spotify on explicit content may result in warping the content that artists create. Spotify has since made a decision to also remove XXXTentacion, being that he has also been considered to have violated Spotify's new public hate content and hateful conduct policy.

Both artists' music will be removed from all Spotify-owned and operated playlists and recommendations.

The streaming service in a statement, explained that among their new policy is to stop promoting artistes whose conduct or content it deemed to be offensive.

R Kelly has strongly denied the claims against him.

To protect its millions of users around the world from hateful content, Spotify has partnered with several organizations including GLAAD, The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, Showing Up For Racial Justice, Color of Change, Muslim Advocates, and International Network Against Cyber Hate.

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Stay tuned for updates on R. Kelly, XXXTentacion and other artists Spotify may target under their new policy.

Kelly, 51, is accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, including a former girlfriend, Kitti Jones, who claims the singer abused her since she was 14 years old and introduced her to a woman he had been grooming as his "pet".

In a statement, Pandora told us, "Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues". Well make some mistakes, well learn from them, and well always listen to you as we work to keep building the Spotify platform. He was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.

R. Kelly responded to the campaign and said, "R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time's Up movement".

The R&B singer, who is popular for his songs I Believe I Can Fly and Ignition, was recently the focus of a viral social media campaign, #MuteRKelly, that called for Spotify and Apple Music to expel him. A woman told Rolling Stone past year that she was in a long-term relationship with the singer that was sexually and physically abusive.

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