Spotify Gained’t Take away Kanye West’s Music Regardless of Condemming the Artist

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In a continuation of massive manufacturers reducing ties with Kanye ‘Ye’ WestSpotify has condemned the rapper for his antisemitic feedback. Nevertheless, similar to Netflix, the music streaming platform has determined to maintain the rapper’s music on the platform and can take away it solely on one situation.

Spotify CEO, Daniel Ek advised Reuters that he’s described Ye’s feedback as “terrible.” However sadly, Ye’s habits doesn’t justify the streaming platform eradicating his music as his feedback didn’t violate Spotify’s anti-hate insurance policies. Based on Ek, Ye’s hate speech and antisemitic feedback would have gone by way of quick elimination if it was printed on the streaming service by way of podcast or different audio recordings.

“Latest antisemitic remarks made by the rapper are “simply terrible feedback,” and would have warranted elimination from Spotify for violating its insurance policies, which prohibit hate speech, if that they had been on a podcast or recording.”

Fortunately for Ye, none of his audio content material accommodates something that’s grounds for elimination. Nevertheless, Ek added in his response that Ye’s music may be eliminated on one situation — if his document label requests it.

“It’s actually simply his music, and his music doesn’t violate our coverage. It’s as much as his label, in the event that they wish to take motion or not.”

Spotify has a historical past of not pulling content material on its platform resulting from harmful content material, the newest instance being the Joe Rogan controversy in January 2022, the place musicians threatened to tug their music off the platform resulting from misinformation unfold by Rogan by way of his podcast. Spotify’s CEO has apologized for the controversy. Nevertheless, the platform selected to not take any motion in silencing the podcaster because it was “not the writer.”

In the meanwhile, each Spotify and Netflix have introduced that they received’t be eradicating any of Ye’s content material, regardless of his current antisemitic feedback and hate speech. However simply because the music streaming platform isn’t taking direct motion, it doesn’t imply that Ye isn’t dealing with any penalties. It’s been reported final week that Ye’s streaming numbers have dropped resulting from his current actions. In the meantime, celebrities have referred to as the rapper out for his harmful feedback.