The popular music streaming service Spotify on Thursday said it has removed almost 40 bands determined to be white supremacists, after it was alerted to them by a music industry trade publication.
In the deadly aftermath of the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally that claimed the lives of a 32-year-old woman and two state police officers, Digital Music News identified 37 bands that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled hate bands.
"We are glad to have been alerted to this content — and have already removed many of the bands identified," Spotify said in a statement
According to the company, music streamed from the service is provided by record labels and music companies that span the globe. Those providing the content are primarily responsible for vetting it. Spotify also utilizes government lists of offensive music and bands to help regulate its service.
"Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us," the company's statement went on to say.
Spotify joins several other tech companies in cracking down on white supremacists, including Facebook, which has removed several pages it has deemed to be associated with hate groups and PayPal, which has sought to shut down accounts associated with supremacists.