Three weeks after Spotify announced a new policy regarding hate content and hateful conduct on its service, the company is walking back one of its most controversial provisions. In a blog post published today (June 1), the company said it was moving away from its "hateful conduct" provision, which had led to the service removing the music of R. Kelly, XXXTentacion and Tay-K from its editorial and algorithmic owned and operated playlists.
In the blog post, the service acknowledges that it got the rollout of the policy wrong, echoing comments that CEO Daniel Ek made earlier this week at Recode's tech conference. "Spotify recently shared a new policy around hate content and conduct," the post begins. "And while we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn't spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines."
Last week, Bloomberg reported that Spotify would be softening their stance and allowing XXXTentacion's music to return to playlists, though it appears that R. Kelly's music is still not on any of Spotify's own playlists. A spokesperson declined to comment on individual artists.