Posted on August 17, 2017

Spotify Removes White Supremacist Hate Bands From Its Online Streaming Catalog

Dianne de Guzman, San Francisco Gate, August 16, 2017

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Spotify confirmed Wednesday that it has removed a number of white supremacist hate bands that the company discovered within its online streaming catalog.

Using a list of groups identified as racist bands by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2014, a Digital Music News article Monday highlighted 37 such “white power” music groups that it found on the music streaming app.


Pandora and Deezer both confirmed their own dedication to keeping hateful music off their sites, with Pandora stating to Mashable that it “removed much of this content in 2014” and that it is removing the rest of the bands currently.


Update: Deezer sent SFGATE its own statement regarding hate music on its platform. Here it is in full:

“Deezer does not condone any type of discrimination or form of hate against individuals or groups because of their race, religion, gender or sexuality. We are in the process of swiftly and actively reviewing the content on our platform and have begun and will continue to remove any material that is in any way connected to any white supremacist movement or belief system.”