Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Spotify Deletes 'White Power' Bands From its Platform

Spotify Deletes 'White Power' Bands From its Platform

One of Spotify's competitors, Deezer, released a statement on Wednesday asserting the music streaming service does not condone "any type of discrimination or form of hate against individuals or groups due to their race, religion, gender or sexuality".

Newsbeat has contacted Spotify to find out if the bands would also be removed in the United Kingdom, but they are yet to respond.

Spotify has already removed several white supremacist artists from their library after they were flagged for hateful, racist material by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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However, the post seemed to get the music titan's attention. Now, a Spotify spokesperson has confirmed to Billboard that several of the artists have pulled from streaming, while others are under review.

According to Spotify, they claim that record companies and aggregators are "first hand responsible" for the content they upload, but they will take action as soon as it is brought to their attention. "We are glad to have been alerted to this content - and have already removed numerous bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder", she added.

Most of the groups listed by Digital Music News had tiny followings and listen counts, but the site's Paul Resnikoff wrote that "in the wake of violent clashes in Charlottesville and an increasingly vocal, post-Trump white supremacy voice, the presence of white supremacy music on Spotify takes on a different light".

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In conjunction with the removal of "hate bands", Spotify is promoting a new playlist called Patriotic Passion, which includes music by Nas, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Lady Gaga, Khalid, and Lana Del Rey. Earlier this week, Google and GoDaddy both cut ties with neo-Nazi websites.

Back then, the SPLC was actually targeting the iTunes Store; Apple ultimately removed numerous artists. Spotify and Amazon were slow to respond when the report was published and allowed some of the groups to remain.

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