Spotify have partnered with a wide range of rights advocacy groups, including The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, Color Of Change, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), GLAAD, Muslim Advocates, and the International Network Against Cyber Hate.
In a statement, Pandora told us, "Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues". It calls the decision "shortsighted".
The company yesterday (10 May) introduced a policy on how it will deal with hate content and hateful conduct from artists on its platform. "His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it", the company said in a statement.
"We love that our platform is home to so much diversity because we believe in openness, tolerance, respect, and freedom of expression, and we want to promote those values through music in our platform", the site shared. It says when an artist does something harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways it works with the artist.
The 51-year-old R&B star has always been embroiled in accusations of sexual criminality but has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Some content may be removed completely, while other music may no longer be promoted by the company.
It emerged later Thursday that another performer has also been partly removed from Spotify in accordance with its new policy: Florida rapper XXXTentacion, who is facing charges that include aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and witness tampering. Both Spotify and Pandora are trying to walk the delicate line between ethics and censorship by eliminating questionable artists from areas where they have control in promoting which songs or artists are played.
On their website, Spotify state that their new global policy is created to be "consistent with our distinct roles in music and media". "To that end, the company added yesterday: "[We have] also built an internal content monitoring tool, Spotify AudioWatch, which identifies content on our platform that has been flagged as hate content on specific global registers.