According to RollingStone, Spotify removed all the music produced by Blood on the Dance Floor from its platform. The music-streaming powerhouse reports that the group’s hundreds of songs violate their prohibited content policy. This policy states that any music that “promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence” against groups or individuals based on characteristics such as gender, race or religion is banned from the service.
On Tuesday, Spotify said to HuffPost that the removal of the electro-pop’s music did not have any correlation with the allegations against the frontman Dahvie Vanity. Rather, the decision was based off of violations of its policy against hate content. Several songs released by Blood on the Dance Floor entail inappropriate lyrics that Spotify deemed broke their policy, resulting in the removal.
Spotify is no stranger to removing music because of hateful content. It is nearly the anniversary of their PR nightmare in 2018 when they received backlash for a “hate content and hateful conduct” policy. This policy kicked certain controversial artists such as XXXTentacion and R.Kelly off of playlists during allegations of potential criminal behavior. The CEO, Daniel EK, admitted the company “could have done a much better job” around the rollout of the policy and was not trying to play moral police. Because of this, Spotify got rid of the “hateful conduct” part, but has since stayed firm on hate content.
In a statement in 2018 the company said:
“Spotify does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. As we’ve done before, we will remove content that violates that standard. We’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content — we’re talking about hate speech.”
Blood on the Dance Floor music is still available on Apple Music and YouTube.