SoundCloud has censored conservative artists, despite company guidelines which state that "users are welcome to share (their) opinions and beliefs on SoundCloud." SoundCloud does not allow tobacco or firearm providers to advertise on its platform. SoundCloud also booted Family Research Council from its platform. However, the company has not used its reputation or corporate dollars to promote ideological causes. For these reasons, SoundCloud receives a "High Risk" rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
SoundCloud’s guidelines state that users are “welcome to share (their) opinions and beliefs on SoundCloud, even if they might be controversial or challenge the status quo” (1). However, SoundCloud does not allow tobacco or firearm companies to advertise on its platform (2). SoundCloud has also removed music by conservative rappers Bryson Gray and Patriot J (3). SoundCloud also terminated its contract with Family Research Council (4).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
SoundCloud does not have a charitable giving program, but in 2020 it did introduce a feature for artists to include a donation button on their page (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
There are no publicly known instances of SoundCloud using its corporate reputation to promote ideological causes.
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
There are no publicly known cases of SoundCloud using corporate dollars to support ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression.
Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.
SoundCloud does not make any political contributions.
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January 27, 2023
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