Spotify and other music streaming service are actively deleting racist music from their catalogs. Now, a leading digital distributor has pledged to do more in order to keep those songs from getting legally streamed in the first place.
CD Baby's "Hatespeech or Offensive Content Policy," located in the frequently asked questions area of its website, states that it "does not distribute content that intentionally promotes violence against persons of a specific race, color, religion, nationality, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We reserve the right to refuse submissions of this nature, or to cancel submissions that fall into this category at any time."
Speaking with Variety, CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux called hate speech "particularly odious," but cautioned that "we carry over 8 million songs that hundreds of thousands of artists self-distribute on the CD Baby platform, and it is impossible to screen every song for objectionable content."