The Day The Music Died: Spotify Partners With Liberal Organizations to Monitor Music For "Hate Content." The Decision Opens The Door To A Potential Free Speech Slippery Slope

Spotify has announced a partnership with liberal organizations including the anti-Christian and anti-conservative Southern Poverty Law Center, Color of Change, and other liberal groups to monitor the music service for “hate content.”

The Daily Caller reports that Spotify defines “hate content” as content “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.”

However, Spotify admits that it’s a subjective standard. They said that there “will always be content that is acceptable in some circumstances but is offensive in others, and we will always look at the entire context.”

So one man’s violent hard rock is another man’s art. One man’s misogynistic rap is another man’s Snoop Dogg.

I’m all for not promoting hate, but we all know that these organization’s definition of what constitutes “hate” is a bias standard that could become a slippery slope. If they want to partner with organizations to find “hate content,” they should make it fair by allowing conservative organizations to participate as well. Of course, that won’t happen.

Once you start allowing certain organizations to monitor and deem what is good and what is bad, you’ve opened the door to freedom of speech being oppressed. In the long run, that’s not good for either side: left or right.

The best solution to the “hate content” problem on Spotify is the free market. As Americans we should not support musicians with our hard enough money that promotes a worldview that doesn’t share our values.

I love music and I love Spotify, but this isn’t the solution to “hate content.” In fact, it will create more problems than it will solve. Thanks to this decision, the free world just got a little less rockin.’

Update: Spotify announced two weeks later a reversal to the policy. 

Posted on May 21, 2018 .