Spotify takes on neo-Nazis by scrubbing 'white power' music from streaming platform


Spotify takes on neo-Nazis by scrubbing 'white power' music from streaming platform

It did not clarify which of the bands it had removed.

The article by Paul Resnikoff reads: 'In the wake of violent clashes in Charlottesville and an increasingly vocal, post-Trump white supremacy voice, the presence of white supremacy music on Spotify takes on a different light'.

Spotify has pulled a number of bands classified as "hate music" from its catalog today, after an article in Digital Music News brought them to the company's attention.

Even Spotify isn't aware of all the music on its platform, which contains millions upon millions of songs and tracks.

The statement adds that Spotfiy has already removed numerous bands identified by the SPLC, while "urgently reviewing the remainder". Several of those artists have since been removed and others are being reviewed. As a private company, Spotify can make its own rules as to what content it allows, but that will not stop the alt-right and supporters of the music from crying foul.

A Spotify spokesperson told Billboard that while record companies and aggregators are "at first hand responsible" for the content they deliver, Spotify will not tolerate "illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like". SPLC said the bands were popular among neo-Nazis and white supremacist crowd in Europe and the United States.

The large gathering of neo-Nazis for the Unite the Right rally on Saturday ended tragically when white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr allegedly ploughed his auto into a group of anti-racist counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The streaming firm has acted in response to an article on Digital Music News, which identified the acts criticised by the Southern Poverty Law Center that were available via the digital service. The Verge has reached out to Spotify for comment and will update with any new information.