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Spotify, the popular music streaming service, has been embroiled in a controversy over the past few weeks after a number of high-profile artists pulled their music from the platform.
At the center of the debate is the company’s new "hateful conduct" policy, which was announced in May and aimed at removing music from the service by artists who have been accused of sexual misconduct or violent behavior.
The policy has been met with criticism from both the music industry and the public, with many arguing that it unfairly targets artists and violates their right to free speech.
The first artist to pull their music from Spotify in protest of the policy was rapper XXXTentacion, who was accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend last year.
Since then, a number of other high-profile artists, including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson, and Bob Dylan, have removed their music from the platform.
In a statement, Beyonce said that she was " disappointed " in Spotify’s new policy and that it " fails to reflect " her " values and commitment to empowering women.
Jay-Z also criticized the policy, saying that it was " selective censorship " and that it " does not promote freedom of expression. "
Spotify has defended its new policy, arguing that it is necessary to protect victims of abuse and that it does not violate the rights of artists.
The company has also said that it is committed to working with artists and their representatives to find a solution that meets the needs of everyone involved.