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Troy Carter Denies Spotify Exit, Admits To Disagreement

TroyCarterAfter Spotify announced a new "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy last week that resulted in R. Kelly and others being downgraded on  the platform, the rumor mill went into overdrive that Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, was leaving the company in protest.


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Tory Carter admits that he's concerned about how Spotify handled the censorship of music by R. Kelly, XXXTentacion and others as part of its new "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy, but he's not leaving the company.

"I don't think it's a secret that everybody didn't agree," Carter told the LA Times just before hosting a private company dinner at his LA home.  "Spotify is one of those companies where we debate about everything just because it's such a diverse company," he continued. "Everybody has different point of views. Everybody has different backgrounds."

Carter called the new policy "a work in progress," but dismissed rumors that he was leaving the music streamer.

I think (it) is pretty obvious: I'm hosting a (company) dinner at my home," he laughed. "I invested in Spotify seven years ago. I've been on the other end of that phone with Daniel (Ek, Spotify's CEO) during some of its toughest moments when I wasn't at the company, and I'm still on the other end of that phone while I'm here."


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