Spotify has removed multiple white-supremacist acts from its catalog, Billboard reports.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the streaming service explained that “illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us.”
The removal follows an Aug. 14 post by Digital Music News titled “I Just Found 37 White Supremacist Hate Bands on Spotify.” As that article noted, many of the artists had been initially identified in a 2014 campaign by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention,” the Spotify spokeswoman’s statement elaborated. “We are glad to have been alerted to this content — and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.” Per Billboard, Spotify is “also reviewing the possibility of blocking this type of content from future music recommendations.”
The Digital Music News article and Spotify’s subsequent decision come amidst turbulent political times when white supremacy has been thrust to the forefront of America’s political discourse in the wake of the fatal Charlottesville rally in Virgina.