Spotify start to delete Russian pro-war artists

By MediaMonkey

July 3, 2024

When Russia invaded Ukraine, Spotify closed its Moscow office rather than obey Russian censorship rules about the war.

They’ve now gone further and are deleting pro-war Russian artists from the service, such as Lyube, Grigory Leps, Oleg Gazmanov, Polina Gagarina, and Shaman.

Spotify haven’t actually said this is the reason, they’ve just said “Platform Rules clearly state that we take action when we identify content which explicitly violates our content policies or local laws. Upon review, these artists met the threshold for removal,” and the only known connection is pro war views. Some of the artists are even sanctioned under EU laws for supporting the war.

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