Spotify flooded with pornographic images + audio content

Spotify is an audio playground of all kinds, but it is now facing a wave of hardcore pornographic content that is in direct violation of the streaming platform’s own rules.

Frequent users of the on-demand streaming service have probably come across silly edits of sexualized or explicit album covers, such as artwork for Impaled Nazarene’s Powerful and liberating death be covered in simple drawings of underwear over – gasp – naked skeletons, as well as the more optimal placement of a bra over the breasts of a demonic goat and a red heart over a sex act, two of the five skeletons are engaged in.

Yet all of them cannibalistic the album remains unedited, including their classic 1992 release, Tomb of the Mutilatedwhich features a zombie performing oral sex on another zombie as their bodies decay, so it’s unclear by what standards Spotify deems censorship necessary.

When it comes to images of hardcore pornography that don’t involve skeletons getting freaky or Vincent Locke’s drawings of carnal zombies, however, one can imagine that it’s pretty clear what type of sexual content offends Spotify’s own rulesone of which has been duplicated below:

Sensitive content

We have tons of great content on Spotify, but there are certain 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 graphic or gratuitous depictions of violence, mutilation or other shocking images includes, but may not be limited to:

severely mutilated or dismembered corpses
promote animal abuse 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 sexual gratification
advocates or glorifies sexual themes related to rape, incest or animals

Despite this rule, both Deputy and New York Post have reported finding a wealth of pornography, ranging from playlists and podcast cover images showing explicit sexual acts and/or genitalia, as well as recordings of erotic readings (human and digital narration) and even sounds intended to provide sexual arousal.

Both news outlets took screenshots of offensive material (and censored those images), and Vince reported that after contacting Spotify for comment, many of the materials they discovered were removed from the platform.

“Spotify prohibits content on our platform that contains sexually explicit material. When content that violates this standard is identified, it is removed,” a Spotify spokesperson told Vice.

Worryingly, at the time the reports surfaced (July 26), this content could be accidentally discovered by entering a comma or period into the search field instead of a search with specific keywords in the sexual area . Vice also reported that a Spotify user contacted them and claimed that their eight-year-old daughter stumbled upon pornographic images by accident by typing a period into the search field.

“I don’t know what I expected, but it was definitely not hardcore porn,” the parent said.

Loudwire has independently verified the existence of hardcore pornographic images and blatantly explicit sex footage on Spotify. We choose not to display censored images of this highly graphic content, nor will we link to where this content can be found.

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