Spotify, Apple Music and more hosting “racist” music, says BBC investigation – NME

Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and Deezer are among streaming services found to be hosting “racist” music on their platforms, according to a new BBC investigation.Included in the material found through the investigation are a speech from Hitler, music promoting white power and more.

As the BBC report, the four streaming services named have all “removed racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic content from their services” following the investigation.

The report adds that Spotify admit that the content violated their hate content policy which was updated in mid-2018. YouTube, meanwhile, responded saying that there was “no place for hate on its platform,” with Apple Music hiding a majority of the tracks brought to their attention by the investigation.

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Examples of the music found in the investigation include songs glorifying “Aryan nations,” bands celebrating the Holocaust and playlists curated with the title National Socialist Black Metal.

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Speaking to the BBC, civil rights strategist Eric Ward said that people didn’t use their trusted streaming services “to be presented with hate music and hate lyrics”.