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Spotify removes R. Kelly from playlists as part of new ‘hateful conduct’ policy – 11.05.2018

Spotify removes R. Kelly from playlists as part of new ‘hateful conduct’ policy

 Spotify has removed R Kelly from its playlists as part of a new ‘Hate Content & Hateful Conduct’ policy. Users of the streaming service will still be able to find the singer’s music, but Spotify will no longer actively promote it.

Read more here. 

*In theory, this seems like a reasonable balance between not wanting to remove artists from the platform entirely and not wanting the appearance of endorsing reprehensible behaviour. But, this could also put Spotify in the position of making a lot of tricky calls – there are plenty of other musicians who have been accused of (or convicted of) other crimes – should it be a case of innocent until proven guilty?*

 

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Google announces Style Match discoverability feature for Google Lens

Google has announced Style Match, a feature allowing users to point their smartphone’s camera at an outfit so it generates suggestions on what to buy online.

Read more here.  

* Such functionality could give the tech giant the lead in facilitating discovery through mixed realities, particularly because by being embedded in the phone’s native camera, it doesn’t require the user to learn a new behaviour or download a dedicated app they will eventually ditch.* 

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Instagram’s emoji slider is a new way to poll your friends

Instagram has announced a new variation of its polling sticker for Stories: an emoji slider that lets you ask and answer questions with an animated emoji on a sliding scale. The sliding scale allows users to ask people “how” instead of simply picking between two options.

Read more here.  

*It seems that Instagram is continuing to build upon the popularity of the poll sticker by introducing and expanding the capabilities of the feature.*

 

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