After hardly a month since Spotify introduced its new hate content and hateful conduct policy, the digital music streaming service has now formally put a halt to it.
When Spotify first introduced its new policy, they flexed their muscles by ceasing promotions of R&B start R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion‘s music. Both artists have had history of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse allegations made against them.
The policy however has caused a huge controversy who accused Spotify of practicing censorship. Kendrick Lamar threatened to pull his music from the platform if they continued to enforce the new policy.
Spotify issued an official statement last weekend and said, “Spotify recently shared a new policy around hate content and conduct,” it began. “And 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.”
While Spotify will continue to remove material deemed as “hate content,” it will no longer “play judge and jury.”
“Across all genres, our role is not to regulate artists,” the statement continued. “Therefore, we are moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct.”