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Spotify Nixes New Censorship Policy After Negative Response
Not too far back, Spotify put up a new policy to remove "hateful content." Which is a nice way of saying if your ditties don't pass muster with PC leftists, you're sh*t outta luck. Well, it would appear as though the rules aren't getting the reception the they were hoping for. They're putting the kibosh on it:
Spotify is abandoning its controversial policy to remove artists from playlists based on questionable conduct, the music streaming service announced Friday.
"We don't aim to play judge and jury," the company said in a blog post. "We aim to connect artists and fans – and Spotify playlists are a big part of how we do that."
Spotify and CEO Daniel Ek have admitted the policy was worded vaguely and rolled out poorly. On May 10, it got R&B singer R. Kelly booted from Spotify playlists in response to accusations of sexual assault.
"While we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn't spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines," Spotify said.
So, people are reacting negatively to having their tunes policed by Spotify like a prying parent. Who would've known?
If we're going to hold musicians to such high standards of morality, our selection of songs is going to be almost non-existent. Ozzy Osbourne drained his lizard on the Alamo and munched on all sorts of animal craniums. Michael Jackson allegedly enjoyed playing with little boys' puppets. Even Frank Sinatra had mob ties.
Contrary to the opinions of the lefties at Spotify, people like being free to choose which jams they rock. They prefer to make the decisions on the songs they stream. Try as hard as you like lefties, you're not going to sell us on censorship.