Just kidding. They banned “White Power” music.
Amid the ongoing fallout from the violence that saw a civil rights activist killed, music subscription service Spotify began removing so-called white power music, flagged by the SPLC as racist “hate bands”.
A Spotify spokesperson said: “Illegal content or material that favours hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us. 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, while urgently reviewing the remainder.”
While I certainly don’t condone the message of “White Power” music, it does strike me as morbidly hypocritical to ban one flavor of offensive music while allowing others. Spotify can do as they wish, but I hope the market punishes them for their censorship.