Should music streaming services restrict artists accused of assault?
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Should music streaming services restrict artists accused of assault?

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Spotify recently announced it will no longer suggest R. Kelly or XXXTentacion on its platform due to assault allegations against them. Their music will still be archived in its system but will no longer be recommended on playlists. XXXTentacion’s team fired back with names of other artists, like David Bowie and Gene Simmons, asking if their music will be restricted considering they have also been accused of sexual assault. Should music streaming services restrict artist accused of assault?

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The New York Times reported on Spotify's decision to restrict artists accused of abuse.

“We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values,” Spotify said in a statement. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”

R. Kelly has been accused of sexually assaulting women for years. These allegations started back in the '90s. The "Bumb and Grind" singer was accused of urinating on a teenage girl and was arrested in early 2003 but found not guilty in 2008. In July 2017, BuzzFeed published an article documenting years alleged abuse committed by R. Kelly against women. In March, the BBC released a documentary which also illustrated Kelly's alleged abuse against women. The documentary produced interviews with women who say they were a part of Kelly's alleged sex cult.

In the case of R. Kelly, Spotify added its voice to the growing chorus attempting to hold the singer responsible after decades of accusations of sexual misconduct. Last week, the Time’s Up organization, which formed around the #MeToo movement to support victims of sexual abuse, joined a grass-roots #MuteRKelly campaign that has called on his record label and concert promoter, as well as local venues, radio stations and streaming services, to cease its support of the singer.

According to The New York Times, new rap artist XXXTentacion is also being added to the conversation because of assault charges pending against him in Florida.

The chart-topping XXXTentacion, the other artist targeted by the new policy, is facing charges in Florida that include aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and witness tampering. As recently as Wednesday, XXXTentacion was featured on the popular Rap Caviar playlist.

After Spotify announced their decision to restrict XXXTentacion's music, his team asked if they would be including the following artists accused of assault below: 

But critics like rapper 50 Cent say the restriction is unjust. 

Meanwhile, the #MuteRKelly campaign is going very strong.

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