Severalmusic company is not addressing the ongoing issue of playlist abuse, which sees bad actors reporting playlists that have gained a following to give their playlists better visibility. Currently, playlists created by Spotify users can be registered in the sexual, violent, dangerous, and deceptive.
Or hateful content, among other things. When a report is submitted, the playlist will immediately remove its metadata, including its title, description, and custom image. No internal review processinformation is legitimate before removing the metadata. Bad actors have this system to give themselves an advantage. If they see a rival playlist has more users than their own, they will report their competitors in hopes of giving their playlist a more prominent ranking in .
According to the curators affected by this problem, there is no limit to the number of reports these bad actors can submit. The curators complain that their playlists are being reported daily and often multiple times per day. The problem is not new. Users have been complaining about playlist abuse for years. A thread on Spotify’s community forum about this problem is now some 30 pages deep, in fact, and has accumulated over 330 votes. Victims of this type of harassment have also repeatedly posted toabout Spotify’s broken system to raise awareness of the problem more publicly.
For example, one curator don’t always receive a response. When they ask Spotify for help with this issue, the company only on a solution.noted their playlist had been reported over 2,000 times and said they were getting a new email about the reports nearly every minute. and one that seems to indicate bad actors are leveraging bots to submit their information. Many curators for help with this issue and were given no assistance. Curators can only reply to the report emails from Spotify to appeal the takedown, but they
While Spotify may suspend theis deemed false, the bad actors create new accounts to continue the abuse. Curators on Spotify’s community forums suggested that an easy fix to the bot-driven abuse would be to restrict accounts from being able to report playlists until their accounts had accumulated 10 hours of streaming music or podcasts.
This could help ensure they were natural before they gained permission to report abuse. One curator, who maintains hundreds of playlists, said the problem had gotten so bad that theyto continually monitor their playlists for abuse and reinstate any metadata once a takedown was detected. Another has written code to watch for report emails and uses Spotify Ato PI to automatically fix their metadata after the false reports. But not all curators can or script to deal with this situation.