Spotify to pause the selling of political advertising

Spotify to pause the selling of political advertising
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Music streaming service Spotify has announced that it will pause its political advertising sales starting early next year, as tech companies have grappled with how to handle political advertising on their platforms. 

“Beginning in early 2020, Spotify will pause the selling of political advertising," a Spotify official told The Hill in an email Friday. "This will include political advertising content in our ad-supported tier and in Spotify original and exclusive podcasts."

The person said the decision was made because the company doesn't yet have "the necessary level of robustness in our processes, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content."


"We will reassess this decision as we continue to evolve our capabilities,” the official added. 

The decision follows Facebook's public battle with progressives over its policy against removing political ads containing misinformation.  

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergBudowsky: How Biden can defeat COVID-19 for good White House looks to cool battle with Facebook Facebook to dole out billion to creators into 2022 MORE has argued that it is a free speech issue and has said that users “should be able to judge for themselves.”

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate confirms Biden's Air Force secretary Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE (D-Mass.) has been one vocal critic of the decision, accusing the platform of helping President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE "spread lies and misinformation."

After that feud, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced in October that his platform will no longer run ads promoting political candidates or issues. 

Emily Birnbaum contributed