Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has commented on the company’s “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy, which led recently to the removal of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from the service’s promoted music playlists. Variety reports that during a keynote Q&A at the Code Conference, Ek took full responsibility for the fallout, admitting the company had “rolled this out wrong and could have done a much better job.”

The decision to ban select artists over what the company deemed as “hate content” was criticised by users and the artist representatives. An R. Kelly representative said, “Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit,” while a spokesperson for XXXTentacion listed artists who hadn’t been punished by the company for despite accusations of misconduct.

At the Q&A, Ek responded, “The whole goal with this was to make sure that we didn’t have hate speech. It was never about punishing one individual artist or even naming one individual artist.”

Last week, Bloomberg reported that Spotify planned to reinstate XXXTenatacion’s music on officially promoted playlists. Currently, there are no plans to re-promote R. Kelly.

R.Kelly has faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct over the years. Most recently he was sued for sexual battery and false imprisonment. In light of ongoing allegations, Time’s Up activists have been promoting a #MuteRKelly campaign against the singer.

XXXTentacion, 20, is awaiting trial for a 2016 domestic abuse case. The charges are aggravated battery against a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering.

In other music news, watch Kendrick Lamar accept his Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN.’ here.

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