Spotify has announced that it has removed a number of white supremacist bands, determined to be producing “hate music,” from their streaming service.
“Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention,” the service’s spokesperson told Billboard.
The bands and artists have been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate music, which refer to racist music groups that are “typically white power music labels that record, publish and distribute racist music in a variety of genres.”
According to Billboard, the move came after Digital Music News posted a story titled “I Just Found 37 White Supremacist Hate Bands on Spotify.”
“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,” Spotify said in their statement to Billboard.
And Spotify further explain that it’s not exactly simple for streaming services to track the hate content, with music coming from “hundreds of thousands of record companies and aggregators all over the world,” but explain that the music and its message is not tolerated by the streaming service.
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