Spotify Cancels ‘Hateful Conduct’ Policy After an Industry Uproar

(The New York Times)

Shaunna Thomas, a co-founder of Ultraviolet, said in an interview on Friday that Spotify’s reversal was “shameful” and “disheartening.”

“There is no consequence for abusing women and they’re just affirming that in a really straightforward way,” she said. “They’ve decided that their bottom line is important.”

Ms. Thomas added that she agreed with the critique that Spotify had been problematic in narrowly targeting only specific black men, but the solution, she said, was “not to reverse the hateful conduct policy, but rather to expand it — to be comprehensive.”

“Women weren’t asking Spotify to play judge and jury,” she said. “We were just asking the company to stop promoting artists that have a documented history of physical and sexual abuse.”

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Women’s Rights Group Asks Spotify To Remove Chris Brown And Others From Its Playlists “Your Action Demonstrates Following The Lead Of Black Women”

(MadameNoire)

 

On Monday, Executive Director Shaunna Thomas (who is white) penned an open letter to Spotify head Daniel Ek with the belief that their new public Hate Content and Hateful Conduct policy is a step in the right direction, particularly for black women.

“Your action demonstrates that Spotify is following the lead of Black women who demanded that these two men [R. Kelly and XXXTentacion], who have sexually and physically abused women for years, not be promoted and celebrated,” it reads.

And before you assume that the organization is only coming for black or black-adjacent artists and music, they’re also imploring Spotify to remove The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Don Henley of The Eagles, Ted Nugent and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. (Yea, they’re not playing).

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Women’s Advocacy Group Wants Spotify to Also Pull Chris Brown, Eminem & Others From Curated Playlists

(Billboard)

As well as R. Kelly and XXXTentacion, the letter written by Ultraviolet executive director Shaunna Thomas requests that Spotify take action against other artists who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Chris BrownRed Hot Chili PeppersNellyEminem and others.

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Activists Gather at Google’s Developer Conference to Protest Maps Results for Sham Abortion Clinics

(Gizmodo)

“Google is complicit in luring vulnerable, pregnant women to anti-abortion centers posing as legitimate reproductive health clinics that deceive, lie to, and shame them out of abortions,” Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, said in a press release. “Users trust Google to be an honest broker here. The company must take action immediately to uphold its advertising policy and ensure abortion care search results are accurate.”

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Pro-choice activists followed Google employees on their way to work this week to call attention to a little-known problem with search results

(Business Insider)

Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer for UltraViolet, said her organization has been in talks with Google for four years trying to get ads for what she calls “fake clinics” removed from Google search results and Google Maps.

“Women are seeking medical information, and Google is sending them to clinics that not only don’t actually provide what they claim to — but are actively trying to trick and mislead women,” Roland said.

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Trump Could Testify in ‘Apprentice’ Defamation Case After Judge’s Ruling

(Newsweek)

The ruling to push forward with Zervos’ case “is an important victory,” Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, an organization fighting sexism, said in a statement.

“More than 20 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault and harassment. Just as he has tried to do with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, Trump has tried to threaten and silence these women,” Chaudhary stated. “As we have seen over the last few weeks, these women will no longer be silent and that should scare the daylights out of Donald Trump.”

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National Women’s Group Holds Vigil in Bay Area, Demands Visa to Block Sales of Assault Weapons

(NBC Bay Area)

UltraViolet, a leading national women’s group, held a candlelit vigil and light projection outside of Visa headquarters in Foster City Thursday demanding the company to refuse sales from retailers who sell assault weapons.

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Trump Signs Olympic Sexual Abuse Bill Amid His Own Scandals

(Refinery29)

“Protecting children from sexual abuse must be a top priority for everyone in this country, and this bill is an important first step. We support this bill and are glad it is now law,” said Nita Chaudhary, cofounder of UltraViolet, a national women’s rights organization.

“But watching Donald Trump…be the one to sign this legislation into law is deeply disturbing. Trump has abused, insulted, assaulted, and harassed women throughout his entire life. In the last week alone, Trump repeatedly supported and sympathized with abusers over the survivors of abuse, and all amid reports that he feels the #MeToo movement is bad for businesses. The idea that he can sit in the White House and pretend to be a champion for the abused is absurd.”

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Women’s Group Sends President Trump a Powerful Message—Projected Onto His Own Hotel

(Glamour)

“DONALD TRUMP HARASSED OR ASSAULTED TWENTY WOMEN. CONGRESS: INVESTIGATE TRUMP. #SOTU”

That’s the message that women’s group Ultra Violet projected onto the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., tonight ahead of President Trump’s first State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. UltraViolet describes itself as “a 1,000,000 strong community that leverages high-profile media moments to hold decision makers accountable, create a cost for sexism, and shine a light on the people and policies that are improving all women’s lives.” And boy, did they take advantage of tonight’s high-profile moment.

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Women’s Group Shines Light On Trump Sexual Assault Allegations Before State Of The Union

(Huffington Post)

A women’s rights group used the occasion of Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address to bring renewed attention to allegations of sexual assault against the president.

UltraViolet, an organization aimed at fighting sexism in politics, media and pop culture, projected a message onto Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday evening, just hours before the president was scheduled to deliver his remarks. 

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Women’s Group Urges Senate to Fully Vet Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Time Working for Retired Judge Alex Kozinski, Who Has a Long History of Workplace Sexual Harassment Allegations

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STATEMENT: UltraViolet Says Bill Shine Joining WH Communications Team is ‘Unsurprising,’ Perfect Fit for Trump’s ‘Revolving Door of Sexual Abusers’

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STATEMENT: UltraViolet Says Prospect of Bill Shine as WH Communications Director is Unsurprising, a Perfect Fit with Trump’s Revolving Door of Abusers

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Women’s Group Responds to Supreme Court Decision in Janus vs. AFSCME: ‘Black Women Will Pay the Price’

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“TARGET FAILS WORKING FAMILIES” Plane Flies Over Target Annual Shareholder Meeting Demanding Paid Family Leave  

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Ahead of Comcast Shareholder Meeting, Women’s Groups Pen Open Letter to CEO Brian Roberts Demanding a Higher Commitment to Sexual Harassment Prevention & Accountability

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Women’s Group on Athenahealth CEO’s Resignation: “Good Riddance”

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WED 7AM: Plane Flies Over Google Shareholder Meeting Reading: “SEARCHING FOR ABORTION CARE? GOOGLE LIES”

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