Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Admits Error In Rollout Of The Company's "Hate" Policy

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The changes that targeted R. Kelly and XXXTentacion earned both blowback and backing.

(AllHipHop News) Spotify may have had good intentions with its new "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct" policy, but the changes faced immediate critique. Critics questioned the "slippery slope" possibilities of banning certain artists from the music streamer's editorial and algorithmic playlists.

R. Kelly & XXXTentacion were the initial acts to be removed from Spotify's playlists. Despite Kelly and XXX's alleged abusive actions, people pointed out that neither performer was convicted of any crimes and other musicians have problematic pasts as well.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is now acknowledging the streaming service may have made a mistake. He said at the Code Conference, “We rolled this out wrong and could have done a much better job."

Ek also stated he didn't want his company to be the “morality police.” However, proponents of the #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #MuteRKelly movements have called on more artists accused of sexual and physical abuse to be held accountable by the music industry.