Spotify bans white supremacist bands, as Apple CEO Tim Cook denounces neo-Nazis

Joining the growing list of tech companies denouncing white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the aftermath of the Charlottesville tragedy, Spotify and Apple have now publicly condemned the hate groups.

Spotify removed a number of white supremacist bands from its catalog this week, after a report exposed the presence of such groups on the streaming service.

The removed bands were all flagged by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "hate bands" three years ago, but the issue only came to the company's attention after Digital Music News published a story titled, "I Just Found 37 White Supremacist Hate Bands On Spotify," in the aftermath of Charlottesville, according to Billboard.

A Spotify spokesperson told Billboard: "Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us. Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention.'

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How tragic that this is what we've come to. My prayers are w those in Charlottesville & every American who is the target of hate & violence.
Hell of a day for the President to forget how to tweet. https://t.co/ABffmwwH8D
sad and true. https://t.co/8I2daQFg65
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
I would like to speak out against these ignorant ass fools marching in Charlottesville. Believe it or not, they do not represent the majority of "white people". Most of "us" white folk (I'll say it again, I subscribe to the human race and we're all pink on the inside) are embarrassed of these small dicked privileged spoiled ass losers. Like these good people in this picture. Most people are good people, there are small groups of every sort that make it ugly for the rest of us. I apologize on behalf of these idiots. Maybe mommy and daddy should cut off their allowances.
"The truth is: we are living at this time. And we are tolerating it." #Charlottesville https://t.co/U4qBQl93qV
My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country.
But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets.
Message to the people of Charlottesville, from my mother, Leslie Cockburn, who is running for Congress in VA. #lesliecockburnforcongress #charlottesville www.lesliecockburnforcongress.com
I really don't know what to say...but this is terrorism. This is America TODAY...not 40 years ago, and your president is silent. Disgusting.
Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy. #Charlottesville
By the way, fuck these nazi motherfuckers. #Charlottesville
A woman just came up to me and said “I guess neo-Nazis are at least a diversion from nuclear annihilation” #whataworld #scary
Guess who will not be condemning the white supremacist rally in #Charlottesville
It's getting harder and harder to explain to my mom that everything is going to be ok.
This is shocking, but none of this is surprising. We all know we've been headed here for a while.
Genuine question: How do we react to this rally in a way that makes them feel it's a failure? It seems they feed on condemnation & anger.
That sounds reasonable ... oh wait https://t.co/xQYGKcDbXb
Come together as one: Even you losers-haters-Mexican rapists-"heroes" who were captured-women who are less than 10'… https://t.co/ENhMULItg1
Heartbreaking. I'm just... God help us. #Charlottesville
Where were the police!? Why were they not there to protect the public from these bigots #Charlottesville
These people are really upset. They should go back to their countries. #WeAreAllImmigrants https://t.co/qqWSk1Zv08
Heartbroken, upset and just so confused about the violence in Charlottesville....thinking of all the people who were affected 💔
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"We are glad to have been alerted to this content — and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder."

Over at Apple, CEO Tim Cook issued a memo to his staff condemning both white supremacy and President Donald Trump's contentious response to the events that unfolded in Charlottesville.

"We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it," Cook wrote. "This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality."

Cook went on to say that he disagreed with Trump's establishing a "moral equivalency" between the violence of white supremacists and the counter-protestors.

"I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans," he wrote.

Read Cook's full memo here.

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