Spotify Removes ‘Hate Bands’ From Streaming Service
Posted: 10:20 am Thursday, August 17th, 2017
By Kyle Taylor
Apparently there are (or were) 37 artists known to be ‘hate bands’, or rather people who had nothing better to do than spread their oddly construed views of the world onto other people by means of music. The music world is typically more open, left wing if you want to call it that, and compassionate towards others than the rest of the world is. That doesn’t go for everyone, obviously, but it is still appalling how people who spread hate choose to do it.
Spotify shared there reasoning for removing such artists in a statement shared with Billboard. Record labels and aggregators are “at first hand responsible” for the content they deliver, “illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us.”
“Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content – and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.”
“It’s a soundtrack to an America worth fighting for,” the spokeswoman said in a separate statement.
I couldn’t agree with that statement more. There is no place for hate in this world, but unfortunately these hate groups find room for it, until it is quashed by Spotify.
Spotify just stepped into a massive grey area however, as the laws regarding internet content and music streaming are very ambiguous. They noted that such hate bands were relatively unheard of, and would have continued to be, had Spotify not made this announcement publicly. I say, who cares. So what that these bands may have received a little free publicity, but the overarching point is to make a statement, a statement that hate of any kind is not allowed in this country, or the anywhere in the world.