Soon, you may be able to block R. Kelly from ever appearing on your playlists.
Spotify is testing an iOS feature called “don’t play this artist,” allowing users to block particular artists from being included in playlists, libraries, charts, and radio stations on the music streaming platform, The Verge reports.
Notably, it doesn’t work for songs that the artist was featured on.
Spotify worked on the blocking feature in 2017, but decided not to roll it out “after serious consideration.”
During 2018, the music streaming company found itself under pressure to particularly ban R. Kelly from its platform entirely in the lead-up to the release of Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which alleged he had abused and sexually assaulted women for over 25 years.
Although the platform banned Kelly from their curated playlists in May 2018, due to an announced policy not to promote (but not ban outright) artists connected with hate speech and hateful conduct, Spotify received backlash for the bungled and confusing policy.
Although you can still stream Kelly’s music on Spotify, Twitter users were happy with the new blocking feature, glad to finally have the power to stop seeing problematic artists like him on their own platforms.
Oh, thank god. No more XXX showing up in my goddamn playlists
— Seth Reineke ? (@sethreineke) January 21, 2019
Although the feature was most likely (and finally) rolled out in response to the highly publicized #MuteRKelly campaign, which campaigned for streaming platforms to ban Kelly, and resulted in label RCA Records dropping him, other Twitter users were just excited to stop seeing their most hated artists.
Soon, you’ll never have to skip past a Chris Brown song again.
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