Spotify have released an interesting blog post explaining why they have decided not to cave into #MeToo hysteria and ban artists from their playlists based on ‘artist conduct’ (or allegations of misconduct). They say: “We don’t aim to play judge and jury. We aim to connect artists and fans.”
Shaunna Tomas of UltraVoilet feminist advocacy group responded by publishing the following press release:
“Two weeks ago, Spotify declared that, ‘we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values.’ Now, we know exactly what those values are: profits over people, and music industry bigwigs over survivors of abuse.
“When music platforms promote abusers, they allow those abusers to reap in profits, lining their pockets in royalties and expanding their fan bases. This normalizes violence against women. Spotify’s values are now clear for all to see: Abusers take priority over survivors of their crimes. We will not forget their decision.”