Music streaming service Spotify has removed all R Kelly songs from its own playlists amid sexual assault allegations against him.
R. Kelly’s songs can still be streamed on Spotify, and users can add them to their playlists, but they no longer feature in Spotify’s own mood-based playlists, nor their branded playlists.
The move by Spotify is part of a new content policy being rolled out by the company, which will no longer promote what they describe as “hateful conduct”.
Spotify wrote in a statement: “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values.
“When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
Spotify cited “hatred or violence” based on “race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability” as being liable for policing on the service.
R. Kelly has been accused of running a sex cult where young girls are brain washed and kept against their will. He has also been accused of paedophilia. So far, he has gotten away with this. But people are beginning to call on organisations that work with him to drop him.