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Norwich mum calls for crackdown on explicit songs after James Blunt swears in church

PUBLISHED: 15:53 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:22 25 April 2018

Nicola Ford at The Sanctuary Cafe in Norwich. Photo supplied by Nicola Ford

Nicola Ford at The Sanctuary Cafe in Norwich. Photo supplied by Nicola Ford

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Hundreds of people have signed a petition set up by a mum from Norwich calling for the UK’s biggest music streaming service to filter explicit songs.

Nicola Ford, submitted a petition to Spotify on change.org after being awkwardly caught out by swear words in songs played at work and in front of her family.

She said: “I love Spotify but it’s a nightmare for parents. There have been several situations where I really could have used an option to filter songs on there.

“I work in the Sanctuary Cafe at All Saint’s Church and we have a Spotify playlist that runs in the background and there was an incident recently involving the song You’re Beautiful. James Blunt came out over the speakers dropping the F Bomb in church! It’s not ok.

“I also have two young children and we listen to the radio together, but Spotify doesn’t seem to carry the radio edits of popular songs, only explicit versions.”

The 31-year-old took to the streaming platform’s community pages to see if anyone else had experienced similar problems and quickly discovered people had been asking for a filter to be introduced since 2012.

After deciding enough was enough, she set up the petition hoping to make Spotify more family friendly.

Over 400 people have signed so far.

The commotion from users has sparked change at Spotify, which has started testing a new way of filtering songs with explicit lyrics.

A feature has been launched on iPad and iPhone apps which Nicola believes is a “step in the right direction”.

“It’s a great result that they’re taking action, but the feature being tested isn’t helpful yet as it still doesn’t give us enough control,” she said.

“Previously songs were only marked as explicit if a record company had deemed them to be that way, but now we can flag up songs that we don’t think are appropriate. It’s good they’re letting us have a say, it’s a definite step in the right direction.”

Spotify refer to the new explicit content filter as a “beta version” and have said it is only being trialled for some users.

In a statement the company added: “We are always testing new products and experiences at Spotify, but have no further news to share on a product launch at this time.”

To sign Nicola’s petition, visit change.org/p/spotify-make-spotify-family-friendly-option-to-block-explicit-content

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