However, the new policy also delves into an artist's behavior.
R Kelly's removal comes under the new "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct" policy, which is created to "be consistent with our distinct roles in music and media". His music will still be available, but Spotify will not promote it.
Of course, policing music in this way can be a tricky business.
Spotify's stand against hateful conduct feels like an encouraging thing, and the platform's clout means that it could have a significant impact.
At the same time, however, its important to remember that cultural standards and sensitivities vary widely. "There will always be content that is acceptable in some circumstances, but is offensive in others, and we will always look at the entire context".
Indeed, with so much music on its platform, and a flood of new tracks being uploaded all the time, one challenge for Spotify is spotting the controversial tracks in the first place.
In a blog post announcing the new rules, Spotify pledged to work with several social justice organizations "to help identify hate content". And we listen to our users - if you think something is hate content, please let us know and we will review it carefully against our policy.
In a Hate Content & Hateful Conduct section on their policies page, Spotify announced that it would be taking stringent measures against hateful content and artists who commit hateful conduct. "Will Spotify remove all the artists listed below from playlists?" - in which she included the names of Michael Jackson, Nelly, 6ix9ine, Miguel, Fabolous, Dr. Dre, James Brown, and more - all of which have been accused of domestic violence, sexual misconduct and/or sexual abuse.
R Kelly denies any claims of misconduct
"We don't censor content because of an artist's or creator's behaviour, but we want our editorial decisions - what we choose to program - to reflect our values", the company continued.
The new policy defines hateful conduct as "something that is especially harmful or hateful", such as violence against children and sexual violence.
Spotify explained its decision to Billboard: "We are removing R. Kelly's music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly".
A statement sent to The Associated Press on Thursday says R. Kelly is innocent of allegations he sexually abused women over the years.
R Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges of allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an unidentified underage girl in 2002.
According to a BuzzFeed investigation published last July, Kelly is also accused of holding six women in virtual slavery at his homes in Chicago and Atlanta, with power over their clothing, diet and sexual encounters. "It is acting based on false and unproven allegations", they said.
R Kelly has strongly denied the claims against him. The main witness in the case, a 23-year-old woman alleged to have appeared in a sex video made by R Kelly 10 years before, refused to testify.
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