Sex Scandal: R. Kelly's Songs Removed From Spotify's Playlists

Johnny Nunez via Getty Images                   R Kelly performing in New York in 2016

Johnny Nunez via Getty Images R Kelly performing in New York in 2016

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Further, Spotify may amend the ways it works with or supports artists or creators who do something that is especially harmful or hateful, such as harm children or commit acts of sexual violence.

This policy has also been applied to rapper XXXTentacion, "is facing charges in Florida that include aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and witness tampering, was also removed from playlists as of Thursday", according to the New York Times.

The streaming service in a statement, explained that among their new policy is to stop promoting artistes whose conduct or content it deemed to be offensive.

The 51-year-old denies the claims.

Under the new policy, these two categories of offending content will be treated differently: "Hate content", which the company reportedly defined with help from such groups as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, GLAAD, and Muslim Advocates, may either be removed or scrubbed from promotional programming-with "cultural standards and sensitivities" taken into account.

Protesters gathered outside the Greensboro Coliseum and criticized arena officials for declining to meet with a coalition of women's groups that signed a letter citing a "long term history of sexual misconduct" by Kelly.

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Spotify says it has been working on the global policy for "some months" and has invited its users to report content that it feels violates its hate content policy.

"While we don't believe in censoring content because of an artist's or creator's behaviour, we want our editorial decisions - what we choose to program - to reflect our values", Spotify said in a statement.

Music-streaming service Spotify won't promote any songs by R. Kelly moving forward, amid a wave of allegations against the singer. No weapon formed", R. Kelly captioned the image of 50's tweet, in reference to the popular bible scripture that reads: "'No weapon formed against you shall prosper'. Spotify goes on: "We've also thought long and hard about how to handle content that is not hate content itself, but is principally made by artists or other creators who have demonstrated hateful conduct personally".

The R&B singer was accused of running an "abusive and controlling cult" of young women a year ago.

Kelly had been scheduled to be among the performers at a May 5 concert in Chicago, but was dropped as efforts by organizers of #MuteRKelly gained attention with support from Hollywood's Time's Up campaign.

The Post's story follows a BuzzFeed piece from last July, which reported that the parents of one victim Kelly's alleged sexual abuse said the singer was "running an abusive "cult" that's tearing families apart".

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