Blocking Adult podcasts


Blocking Adult podcasts

Casual Listener



My Question or Issue

Many explicit podcasts are on Spotify that are not marked as explicit.  See attached example.  My tween has access to the attached podcast and other similar ones even though I set her account to screen for explicit material.  Aside from Spotify’s failure to block this material in the first place, there is also no way to even report the content so it will be properly marked in the future,  but the most important thing would be for Spotify to block it in the first instance, OR eliminate your family plans and tell parents directly that Spotify has no interest in a family friendly environment so we know that before we sign up.  

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Re: Blocking Adult podcasts


Hey @Gmwrjw213


Thanks for posting - we’re here to help!


In case you're using a Family plan we suggest having a look at this help page. The article explains how you can block explicit content for your plan members. 


We also recommend checking out this Live Idea about implementing a feature allowing users to block adult content. We always take new ideas and feedback into consideration to improve the app. Here you can read more on how ideas work.


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Re: Blocking Adult podcasts

Casual Listener
Thanks for responding, but I think you missed the point of the compliant. I had already taken the steps you recommended to supposedly block explicit content and my whole complaint is that it is completely ineffective w respect to podcasts. My prior posts included screen shots with examples of what is available (it’s not letting me attach here - but with explicit content technically “blocked” my child can still access podcasts about giving someone a **bleep** and three way **bleep** among others. And there is no way to report these podcasts as including explicit content or flag it for Spotify the way one can for songs. It is NOT effective to rely on podcasts to self identify their content as explicit. Other platforms are able to screen such material, I’m sure Spotify could do it if it wanted to.

Also, the idea that you recommended that I “like” was my idea. I think it is ludicrous that Spotify will wait for 500 people to find this message board and like my post before even considering taking action to solve a problem that is harming children and families. It’s an awful way to run a business.