Apple just scrubbed the iTunes Store of any music that contained racial supremacy-themed messages. According to Rolling Stone, the action comes following criticism from the Southern Poverty Law Center; the organization’s most recent “Intelligence Report” scruitinized the company for selling music by white-power outfits such as Skrewdriver, Max Resist, and the Bully Boys, as well as aggregating like-minded bands via their “Listeners Also Bought” feature.
In their investigation, SPLC revealed 54 racist bands on iTunes, and is now reporting that 30 of those have been removed from the online store. The organization also called for a removal of white-power-themed music from other music services, including Amazon and Spotify.
Responding to Apple’s actions, Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, said the following a statement: “Apple is doing the right thing by preventing iTunes from being used as a recruitment tool for white supremacists. Amazon and other online retailers that continue to sell this music need to realize that they are providing a powerful platform for extremists to reach young people with messages that advocate hate and violence against African Americans, Jews, and others.”