Spotify is reportedly rethinking its ‘hateful conduct’ policy

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Spotify's much contested hateful conduct policy is under review.

According to Bloomberg, representatives for the Top Dawg Entertainment artist have reached out to Spotify's Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek and head of Artist Relations Troy Carter to express their disagreement with the new rule.

Earlier this month, the popular music streaming service forgot to eat a snickers and made a decision to remove R. Kelly and XXXtentacion's music "from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly", the reveal in a statement to Billboard.

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It was also revealed that Spotify employees were growing increasingly uncomfortable with the policy, with a USA women's advocacy group also calling for the platform to pull the music of artists like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, Don Henley of The Eagles, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith who've also faced misconduct allegations in the past.

"It is virtually impossible to police millions of songs, lyrics, contributors and artists", said Vickie Nauman, a media consultant, told the publication. XXXTENTACION was one of the several acts to get their music cut from Spotify's editorial playlists which ultimately caused his streaming numbers to decline.

Though Spotify's policy was met with a considerate amount of praise, many people accused the streaming service of censorship and discrimination. It would be a big deal if Kendrick Lamar, recent Pulitzer Prize victor and the mainstream rapper perhaps most seen to represent the genre's moral center, threw his considerable weight around to get XXXTentacion back on Spotify's powerful rap playlists.

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Earlier this month, Spotify announced that it would no longer promote the music of musicians in breach of a newly introduced hate content and hateful conduct policy.

Sources told Bloomberg that the platform is now working with industry insiders as well as civil-rights activists to come up with suitable alterations to the policy.

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