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

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Spotify pulls R. Kelly from its playlists under new hate content policy

The popular internet radio platform has joined Spotify in halting all promotion of music artists with questionable or criminal conduct, including R. Kelly.

Earlier this week, Spotify pulled Kelly's music from its editorial and algorithmic playlists to adhere to its new new Hate Content and Hate Conduct policy.

It describes hate content as anything that, "expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability".

Pandora wouldn't confirm The Blast's claim to ABC News, but declared in a statement, "Pandora's policy is to not actively promote artists with certain demonstrable behavioral, ethical or criminal issues".

Kelly's representative didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. A rep for the rapper then reached out to Billboard, inquiring as to whether other artists with allegations of domestic and sexual violence against them would also be removed from the streaming service.

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Among the artists affected by the policy is R Kelly, who has faced a recent spate of allegations of abuse of underage girls and women. The musician is now accused of of multiple sexual misconduct and assault allegations, reports Rolling Stone.

Spotify's removal of the rapper - whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly - from their playlists comes after a wake of sexual assault allegations made against him over the years, which prompted a group of women to start the #MuteRKelly campaign on social media, in a bid to get the musician's concerts axed.

In a statement on Thursday, Spotify said the policy means artists that do not "reflect our values" would not be promoted by the company, and would not be included on its own curated playlists. He said someone had asked him to tone down his act.

50 Cent isn't happy with Spotify's latest moves against R. Kelly. It has also created what it calls an internal monitoring tool to identify content flagged as hateful and has asked users for their help as well. He was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. Despite their decision, seven prominent R. Kelly playlists including "R. Kelly Essentials", "R. Kelly: Influences" and "Inspired by R. Kelly", are still up. American journalist Jim DeRogatis has been prolific in documenting the various accusations and litigation, most recently in a piece for Buzzfeed previous year, while a recent Rolling Stone article and BBC Three documentary also put the spotlight on claims made against the star.

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