Spotify will revise artist behavior policy following backlash

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The policy, which can be read here, essentially allows Spotify to refrain from promoting or playlisting music that it deems to violate its standards of "openness, diversity, tolerance and respect" or basically axe "offensive" songs off its playlists, with problematic artists. The new policy, while done with good intentions, caused an uproar among the music industry. "That's risky", Punch, president of Lamar's Top Dawg Entertainment label, tweeted following the May 10 announcement.

It's important to note that XXX's and Kelly's music is still available to stream on Spotify; however, they are not available on its official playlists. Clearly, they've heard the complaints and a new report says they're looking into changing it.

Spotify earlier this month announced a controversial new policy regarding hate content and hateful conduct. Inside of the company, Spotify employees fear the streaming platform could lose some ground to rival services. While one source close to the situation tells Variety that "nothing has been decided" on the matter, several other sources confirm the report, adding that it came about at the insistence of Troy Carter, the company's global head of creator services and chief liaison with artists and the music industry.


It was also revealed that Spotify employees were growing increasingly uncomfortable with the policy, with a United States women's advocacy group also calling for the platform to pull the music of artists like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, Don Henley of The Eagles, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith who've also faced misconduct allegations in the past.

Carter, a former manager for artists like Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor, reportedly planned to leave his executive position at Spotify following the incident, but now plans to stay thanks to assurances that the policy will be changed.

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