NationSpotify moves against R. KellyR. Kelly’s music will no longer be promoted by Spotify and has been removed from all official playlists and recommendation features, the company said Thursday, adding its voice to the growing chorus attempting to hold the singer responsible after decades of accusations of sexual misconduct. “We want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values,” Spotify said. Last week, the Time’s Up organization, which formed around the #MeToo movement to support victims of sexual abuse, joined a grassroots #MuteRKelly campaign that has called on his record label and concert promoter, as well as venues, radio stations and streaming services, to cease its support of the platinum-selling R&B singer. R. Kelly, who for years has faced lawsuits and news reports alleging sexual coercion and abuse of young girls and women, has denied the accusations. He is not facing any criminal charges and was acquitted in 2008 in a child pornography case. His management team claims the Time’s Up campaign an “attempted public lynching of a black man.” Spotify also debuted a new policy regarding “hate content and hateful conduct.” It has “thought long and hard about how to handle content that… Read full this story
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