Women’s advocacy group ‘UltraViolet’ has urged Spotify to remove a host of big name artists from who have been accused of sexual misconduct from their streaming service.
The calls come following Spotify’s decision to remove R Kelly – who himself has been the subject of multiple sexual assault allegations – from its playlists and algorithmic recommendations as part of a new public hate content and hateful conduct policy.
In a new open letter, UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas calls out the likes of Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent calling them artists “who continue to profit from your promotion.”
“Every time a famous individual continues to be glorified despite allegations of abuse, we wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse,” she writes. “That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist.”
Jonathan Prince, Spotify’s vp/head of content and marketplace policy, previously said: “When we look at promotion, we look at issues around hateful conduct, where you have an artist or another creator who has done something off-platform that is so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something that we don’t want to associate ourselves with.
“So we’ve decided that in some circumstances, we may choose to not work with that artist or their content in the same way — to not program it, to not playlist it, to not do artist marketing campaigns with that artist.”
The removal of Kelly’s music comes under the new Spotify policy, it reads: “Hate content is content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability,” the policy reads. “When we are alerted to content that violates our policy, we may remove it (in consultation with rights holders) or refrain from promoting or manually programming it on our service.”