Spotify Platform Rules — Spotify

Spotify’s mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity – giving one million creative artists the opportunity to make a living from their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it. We believe that achieving this mission on our platform is made possible by welcoming different forms of artistic expression, ideas, perspectives and voices. This may mean that some content on our platform may not be to everyone’s taste or may be Spotify approved content.

However, this does not mean that everything happens on our platform. In addition to the terms you have agreed to that govern your use of our services, these rules help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

What are the rules?

Whether you’re a musician, podcaster, or other contributor, it’s important to be aware of what’s not allowed on our platform. The examples in the sections below are indicative and not exhaustive.

Contents

▷ Dangerous content

▷ Misleading content

▷ Sensitive content

▷ Illegal content

▷ What happens to rule breakers?

▷ What else should I know?

▷ How do I report a problem?


Dangerous content

Spotify is home to communities where people can create, express themselves, listen, share, learn and be inspired. Do not encourage violence, incite hatred, harass or engage in any other behavior that could put people at risk of serious physical injury or death. What to avoid:

Content that advocates or glorifies serious bodily harm to an individual or group includes, but is not limited to:

    • encourage, promote or glorify suicide and self-harm (if you or someone you know is struggling with or thinking about self-harm, please see here for information on how to get help)
    • incitement or threat of serious physical harm or acts of violence against a specific target or a specific group
    • content that promotes or supports violent extremist organizations

Content that targets an identifiable individual or group for the purpose of harassment or related abuse includes, but is not 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 ID numbers, etc.

Content that incites violence or hatred towards a person or group of people on the basis of race, religion, gender identity or expression, sex, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, disability, or other characteristics associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization includes, but is not 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
    • promote or glorify hate groups and their associated images and/or symbols

Content that promotes dangerous, false, or misleading medical information that may cause offline harm or pose a direct threat to public health includes, but is not limited to:

    • claiming that AIDS, COVID-19, cancer or other serious life-threatening illnesses are a hoax or not real
    • encourage the consumption of bleach-based products to cure various diseases and ailments
    • promote or suggest that vaccines approved by local health authorities are designed to cause death
    • encouraging people to deliberately become infected with COVID-19 in order to boost their immunity (for example, by promoting or hosting “coronavirus parties”)

Content illegally promoting the sale of regulated or illegal goods includes, but is not limited to:

    • sell illegal firearms or firearm parts
    • sell illegal drugs
    • sell endangered species or products derived from endangered species

Content that encourages, solicits or facilitates the sexual abuse or exploitation of children includes, but is not limited to:

    • visual depictions of a minor engaging in a sexual act or lascivious depictions of a naked minor
    • promoting acts of sexual abuse against a child in exchange for money
    • encouraging or promoting adult sexual attraction to minors
    • promote, normalize or glorify children’s grooming behaviors

Misleading content

Creating great experiences on Spotify requires confidence that people are who they say they are, that they won’t be scammed, and that no one is trying to manipulate our platform. Do not use malicious practices to deceive others. What to avoid:

Content that impersonates others for the purpose of deceiving includes, but is not limited to:

    • reproduce the same name, image and/or description as another existing creator
    • impersonating another person, brand or organization in a deceptive manner

Content that presents manipulated and synthetic media as authentic in a way that poses a risk of harm includes, but is not limited to:

    • audio or video recording that is from a real and valid source that has been altered in a way that changes the meaning or context of the original media and is believed to be true, thereby posing a risk of harm to the speaker or ‘other people
    • artificially created audio or visual media through the use of technology believed to be true, such as digitally fabricated sexual audio and video content or content that falsely suggests that someone has committed a crime

Content that attempts to manipulate or interfere with election-related processes includes, but is not limited to:

    • misrepresentation of procedures in a civic process that may discourage or prevent participation
    • misleading content promoted to intimidate or prevent voters from participating in an election

Content that attempts to take advantage of the Spotify community includes, but is not limited to:

    • post, share, or provide instructions for implementing malicious software or related malicious practices that seek to harm or gain unauthorized access to computers, networks, systems, or other technology
    • phishing or related attempts to deceptively solicit or collect sensitive information
    • promote investment and financial scams such as “get-rich-quick” and pyramid schemes, or otherwise encourage others to part with money under false pretenses

Sensitive content

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

Content that promotes explicit or gratuitous depictions of violence, blood, or other offensive imagery includes, but is not limited to:

    • severely mutilated or dismembered bodies
    • promoting cruelty or torture to animals

Content containing sexually explicit material includes, but is not limited to:

    • pornography or visual depictions of genitals or nudity presented for the purpose of sexual gratification
    • advocate or glorify sexual themes relating to rape, incest or bestiality

Illegal content

The law is the law. No matter who you are, it is your responsibility to comply with applicable laws and regulations. What to avoid:

Content that violates applicable laws and regulations includes, but is not limited to:

    • content that violates applicable sanctions and export regulations
    • content intended to promote or commit an illegal act of any kind

Content that infringes the intellectual property rights of others includes, but is not limited to:

    • content provided to Spotify without obtaining the necessary permissions
    • content that infringes the copyrights or trademarks of third parties

What happens to rule breakers?

We take these decisions seriously and keep the context in mind when making them. Failure to follow the rules may result in the removal of non-compliant content from Spotify. Repeated or flagrant violations may result in the suspension and/or termination of accounts.

What else should I know?

These Platform Rules will help ensure that Spotify remains an open and safe platform for everyone. We will continue to evaluate and update this information as necessary, so please review it frequently. Depending on the Spotify products or features you use, you may be subject to additional requirements, so please observe those as well.

How can I report a problem?

Had a problem with content on Spotify? If so, please let us know by reporting it. here.