spotify takes a stand against white supremacist bands by removing their music

The streaming service’s move comes after the shocking events in Charlottesville.

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Aug 17 2017, 4:57pm

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This article was originally published by i-D UK.

After a list of 37 white supremacist hate bands that were being hosted on Spotify was published earlier this week, the streaming giant has taken stand and removed some of the groups from its service.

Despite many of the groups and artists having small play and follower counts, Spotify said in a statement that any material that contained messages of racism, white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and hatred would be removed immediately. "We are glad to have been alerted to this content and have already removed many of the bands identified today, while urgently reviewing the remainder," they said.

As BBC Newsbeat have reported, the removal will effect all territories, while fellow streaming site Deezer has also started to remove music by white supremacist groups. In a statement delivered to Billboard, Spotify explained its stance, noting that "illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality, or the like is not tolerated by us".

In 2014, after the issue was raised by the Southern Poverty Law Center — a group that monitors hate groups in the US — iTunes also removed music that was said to contain white power messages.

Elsewhere, earlier this week and following the tragedy in Charlottesville, the website Reddit deleted one of their subforms, "Physical Removal," due to its alt-right associations. The subreddit was dedicated to the notion that democrats "will have to be physically separated and removed from society". Reddit had previously defended the forum as an "expression of the open internet".

Read: 6 ways to protest white supremacy today.