Spotify Is Scrapping Its Artist-Conduct Policy

Earlier this month, Spotify said it would be removing R. Kelly and XXXTentacion — who both have a variety abuse accusations swirling around them — from its curated playlists due to a newly implemented policy around “hate content and hateful content.” Their music would remain on the streaming service, but the company would no longer promote it. Some artists started threatening to pull their music if Spotify upheld the new rules, and today the company has ficially said it will “move away” from the short-lived code conduct. In a new statement, the streamer addressed the concern some artists that “mistakes made in their youth would be used against them,” and said the following:

The backtrack comes a day after Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted, “We rolled this out wrong and could have done a much better job,” saying it was intended to prevent hate speech but was deemed “too ambiguous and open to interpretation.” The new statement does, however, say that Spotify will continue to remove music from its service that qualifies as hate speech, meaning its “principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.” XXXTentacion will be returned to playlist circulation, but the company currently has no plans to promote R. Kelly.