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Spotify pulled white supremacist 'hate music' from its streaming service


The music streaming service Spotify announced Wednesday that it will remove white supremacist "hate music" from its service.

The move comes after the music blog Digital Music News published a story identifying 37 white supremacists bands on Spotify. The bands were first flagged as "hate bands" in 2014 by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization "dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry."

Spotify issued a statement in response to the Digital Music News article, saying, "Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. 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.”

In 2014, as a result of the SPLC investigation, Apple started removing hate music sold on iTunes. At the time, SPLC criticized Spotify and Amazon for being slow to act.

"The primary concern about the online proliferation of hate music, especially through large distributors such as Apple, Amazon and Spotify, is outreach rather than money," SPLC wrote in December 2014. "The exposure itself is far more important to the radical right, because music is one of its most effective recruitment tools."

Previously, Spotify said it uses a list produced by Germany's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons to flag hate music.

This move comes after several domain severs and social platforms took action against white supremacy groups in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville.

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