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Spotify May Silence Political Voices

Jun 12, 2024


The streaming platform Spotify is reportedly gearing up to silence political voices ahead of the 2024 elections.

The “massive censoring machine” will target voices its programmers deem “disinformation” right as people start to hone in on the 2024 presidential elections, The Federalist reported. The censorship is happening under Spotify’s “How Spotify is Protecting Election Integrity in 2024” plan. (LEARN MORE: Interview Suggests New Evidence On Voter Machine Issues In 2020)

“With billions of people from over 50 countries heading to the polls to cast their vote, 2024 is shaping up to be the largest election year in history. Safeguarding our platform during critically important global events is a top priority for our teams, and we’ve spent years developing and refining our approach,” Spotify’s chief public affairs officer Dustee Jenkins said of the worldwide effort to potentially censor and silence free speech. “Knowing that election safety is top of mind for many of our creators and users, we wanted to provide further insights into our approach at Spotify.”

New Rules, Constant Monitoring

Platform Rules will prohibit content that Spotify’s employees and leaders believe “attempts to manipulate or interfere with election-related processes.” Each country will have its own set of rules that are based on “availability and specific product offerings in a country, historical precedents for online and offline harm during voting periods, and emerging geopolitical factors that may increase on-platform risks.” (LEARN MORE: State Finds County Violated Election Law In 2022)

“We monitor these factors on an ongoing basis and use our learnings to inform policy and enforcement guidelines, customize in-product interventions, and determine where we may benefit from additional resourcing and/or third-party inputs,” Jenkins stated.

Free Speech = Election Integrity

You may hear the term “election integrity” a lot these days. While some believe that censoring voices will protect “election integrity,” we disagree. (LEARN MORE: Gov. Signs 3 Huge Election Integrity Bills Ahead Of Nov. 2024)

Election integrity is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy, ensuring that the outcomes accurately reflect the will of the people. Measures to support election integrity involve clean voter roles, secure ballot handling, and transparent vote counting. These critical steps maintain public confidence in the electoral system and deter fraudulent activities, allowing citizens to trust that their votes truly matter and are rightly counted.

To ensure fair and secure elections, technology plays a pivotal role. The use of secure electronic voting systems, equipped with end-to-end encryption and rigorous auditing capabilities, can strengthen the trust in the casting and tallying of votes. Such systems must be constantly updated and tested against potential cyber threats to safeguard against interference. Physical security measures, such as monitored ballot drop boxes and tamper-evident seals, further enhance the integrity of the voting process.

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