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Video Streaming, Music and Podcasts

Dangerous, Derogatory, Violent, Gore, Graphic & Illegal Content and Activities

Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

Spotify is home to communities where people can create, express themselves, listen, share, learn, and be inspired. Don’t promote violence, incite hatred, harass or engage in any other behavior that may place people at risk of serious physical harm or death. What to avoid:

Content that advocates or glorifies serious physical harm towards an individual or group includes, but may not be limited to:

encouraging, promoting, or glorifying suicide and self-harm (if you or someone you know is struggling or thinking about self-harm, please see here for ways to get help)
inciting or threatening serious physical harm or acts of violence against a specific target or specific group
content that promotes or supports violent extremist organizations
Content that targets an individual or identifiable group for harassment or related abuse includes, but may not be limited to:

repeatedly targeting specific individuals with sexual advances
sharing, threatening to share, or encouraging others to share someone’s private information, including credit card or banking information, National Identity numbers, etc.
Content that incites violence or hatred towards a person or group of people based on race, religion, gender identity or expression, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, disability or other characteristics associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization includes, but may not be limited to:

praising, supporting, or calling for violence against a person or group of people based on the characteristics listed above
dehumanizing statements about a person or group based on the protected characteristics listed above
promoting or glorifying hate groups and their associated images, and/or symbols
Content that promotes dangerous false or dangerous deceptive medical information that may cause offline harm or poses a direct threat to public health includes, but may not be limited to:

asserting that AIDS, COVID-19, cancer or other serious life threatening diseases are a hoax or not real
encouraging the consumption of bleach products to cure various illnesses and diseases
promoting or suggesting that vaccines approved by local health authorities are designed to cause death
encouraging people to purposely get infected with COVID-19 in order to build immunity to it (e.g. promoting or hosting “coronavirus parties”)
Content that illicitly promotes the sale of regulated or illegal goods includes, but may not be limited to:

selling illegal firearms or firearm parts
selling illegal drugs
selling endangered species or products derived from endangered species
Content that promotes, solicits, or facilitates child sexual abuse or exploitation includes, but may not be limited to:

visual depictions of a minor engaged in a sexual act or lascivious depictions of a nude minor
promoting acts of sexual abuse against a child in exchange for money
encouraging or promoting sexual attraction by adults towards minors
promoting, normalizing, or glorifying child grooming behaviors

We have tons of amazing content on Spotify, but there are certain things that we don’t allow on our platform. Don’t post excessively violent or graphic content, and don’t post sexually explicit content. What to avoid:

Content that promotes graphic or gratuitous depictions of violence, gore, or other shocking imagery includes, but may not be limited to:

severely mutilated or dismembered bodies
promoting animal cruelty or torture
Content that contains sexually explicit material includes, but may not be limited to:

pornography or visual depictions of genitalia or nudity presented for the purpose of sexual gratification
advocating or glorifying sexual themes related to rape, incest, or beastiality

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