Spotify plans to backtrack its new hateful conduct policy, which punishes artists for their personal misbehavior, following an outcry of some artists.
On May 10, the company announced that it would uproot hate speech and artists would be punished based on their conduct. The policy immediately affected R. Kelly, the R&B singer, and XXXTentacion, a rapper for sexual misconduct. Spotify also removed Tay – K, who is currently in prison and awaiting trial for murder and robbery charges.
As Bloomberg reports, the company had to change their decision after several members from the music industry, including rapper Kendrick Lamar, who called Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and head of artist relations Troy Carter and expressed their frustration.
According to the tipsters, Carter threatened to leave following the incident but later changed his decision after the assurance from Ek to reform the policy.
Because of Spotify’s new policy, XXXTentacion’s stream has reduced and he might lose $60,000 a year. The company has no plan to restore R. Kelly’s song. Its top executives are currently talking to the music industry, as well as civil-rights activists about the right time and approach to adjust the hateful conduct policy so that it can be suitable to both sides.