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White Supremacist Music Removed From Spotify

Shane Atkins

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Last Monday, a popular music streaming service called Spotify removed all white supremacist music from their system.

In 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)  conducted an investigation labeling certain bands as white supremacist. Even after this investigation, they remained active on Spotify.

Recently these bands have been gaining more negative attention. On August 14th, Paul Resinkoff from DigitalMusicNews.com posted an article exposing 37 ‘white supremacist hate bands’ that still remained on Spotify.

In Spotify’s terms and conditions for artists, user guideline 8.17 reserves Spotify the right to remove content that “is offensive, abusive, defamatory, pornographic, threatening, obscene, or advocates or incites violence.” As Resinkoff’s article quickly gained attention, the music giant revoked the bands’ spotify licenses.

“We are glad to have been alerted to this content — and have already removed many of the bands identified…Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us.” Spotify said in a statement last Thursday.

Since then, SPLC identified bands such as Baker’s Dozen, Dark Fury, Skinfull, and Broadsword have been removed.

In addition to removing these bands, Spotify added a new playlist titled Patriotic Passion. The playlist is described by Spotify as a “celebration of true patriotism”, and listeners are encouraged to “learn more about fighting social injustice and upholding American values at www.splcenter.org.” The playlist includes songs such as Star Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix, Living in America by James Brown, and American Life by Madonna.

Spotifiy’s fast-action decision immerses the Swedish Company into the front lines of America’s waking, turbulent, political argument amidst the fatal Charlottesville rally in Virginia and Antifa-Berkley-attacks.

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