June 2 (UPI) -- Spotify has rolled back its "hateful conduct" policy that kicked R. Kelly and XXXTentacion off playlists.
Although Spotify said it had good intentions, it did not mean to "play judge and jury," the Swedish-based streaming platform said in a release Friday.
"While we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn't spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines," the release said. "We don't aim to play judge and jury."
Billboard first reported that R&B singer R. Kelly and American rapper XXXTentacion's music would no longer be played on its official playlists due to the "public hate content and hateful conduct policy."
The first part of the policy was against music content that incited violence, but it was the second part of the policy that resulted in the two artists' ousting, Billboard reported. R. Kelly has faced multiple accusations of sexual violence, but he has never been convicted. XXXTentacion has been accused of domestic battery, false imprisonment and witness tampering and currently awaits trial.
Both artists have denied the allegations against them. A representative for XXXTentacion pointed out that many other artists with sexual assault allegations remained on playlists and an R. Kelly representative said that Spotify promotes other artists who are convicted felons.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told Rolling Stone his company "rolled this out wrong and we could have done a much better job."