R Kelly among artists affected under Spotify's new policy

R Kelly among artists affected under Spotify's new policy

Earlier this week, Spotify pulled Kelly's music from its editorial and algorithmic playlists to adhere to its new new Hate Content and Hate Conduct policy.

In a statement to The Blast, a rep for the company says, "Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues". He is not facing any criminal charges and was acquitted in 2008 in a child pornography case.

The allegations prompted Kenyette Barnes and Oronike Odeleye to launch a campaign called #MuteRKelly, which was aimed at eradicating Kelly's music from the airwaves and digital services and pressuring companies to cut ties with him, in late 2017.

The decision by Spotify to delete Kelly's music was due to a new rule they've added, which means they will not allow songs by an artist who has done something which is "especially harmful or hateful" to be included on their playlists. New reports claim streaming giants Apple Music and Pandora have followed Spotify's lead and pulled the plug on showing Kells attention on its services.

When that happened Kelly again denied all the allegations made against him and hit out at his critics.

"Spotify "has the right to promote whatever music it chooses" but 'in this case its actions are without merit. His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it". However, the argument above shows how carefully (and, hopefully, transparently) Spotify will approach this element of its hate policies.

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Whether true or not, the news comes just one day after Spotify's decision to scrap R. Kelly's music from their playlist offerings.

"Mr Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women".

However, a representative for the rapper released a statement, insisting all the allegations made against him are "false" and that he is innocent.

XXXTentacion's management said they "don't have a comment", but asked if Spotify would continue to include on its playlists other artists accused of wrongdoing, including Gene Simmons, David Bowie, James Brown and Dr Dre. That was a huge thing", Longoria told Bustle, "One thing we like to do is amplify the accomplishments that Time's Up is doing, so that hashtag is #MuteRKelly.

Recently, a number of women have come forward to accuse R. Kelly of everything from sexual coercion and leading a sex cult to physical abuse.

According to a BuzzFeed investigation published last July, Kelly is also accused of holding six women in virtual slavery at his homes in Chicago and Atlanta, with power over their clothing, diet and sexual encounters.

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