Spotify has removed R. Kelly music from their platform.
According to Billboard, beginning today, May 10, Spotify users will not longer be able to find the singer’s music on any of the streaming company’s playlist, and this comes following the company’s new public hate content and hateful conduct policy.
Only recently, celebrities took to their social media pages to champion the #MuteRKelly initiative which called for serious investigation into all the sexual/rape cases linked to the controversial singer.
R. Kelly who has a well-documented history of systemic sexual predation on underage girls.
Here’s what Spotify said in the statement shared with Billboard:
“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly. His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
The company said a lot more. Read the rest of the exclusive statement here.