[Social] Block Followers

I believe there should be a way to block people that are following you on Spotify. When blocked, the user will automatically unfollow you and will not be able to find you, or view your public playlists.

 

Blocking should be possible via both username and email address.

 

Liam

Updated on 2018-07-09

Hey folks.

We're changing this status to good idea.

 

We definitely think this is a strong idea, however it isn't in our current road map.
The teams behind our social features are aware that you're bringing your feedback here and we're working closely with them to bring forward all your comments and concerns.

If there are any updates on blocking Spotify followers we will let you know here first.

Thanks everyone!

Comments
Regular

I think this is a terrible idea.  What harm does it do to follow a friend's playlist when one has just discovered that that friend has tastes in music that are so remarkably similar to one's own. So much so that one wants to listen to their playlist as well?  

 

It's not like someone can launch any sort of personal attack on anyone using Spotify is it?

 

Furthermore, why would anyone want to stop people following them anyway?  What can they possibly want to hide?

Casual Listener
Yet on the other end of the spectrum there are people that may have been a
part of your life in the past or someone you haven't even invited into your
life that just wants to invade your privacy. You should have the right or
ability to block them.
Casual Listener
What does it hurt if Spotify can provide the users of that comfort. There
are plenty of other people out there that may not mind being trolled. Use
their Playlist.
Newbie
Believe it or not, some people don't want strangers, or unwanted guests
creeping their profiles/playlists. For the same reason you have the option
on any other social media outlet to choose who can and can't view your
personal information. Be it your pictures, status or music preferences.
This essentially is just an extension of a music service offering social
interaction. Consider the marketing implications this can have. It goes
beyond just not wanting someone to creep on your status. When people know
what you like, they know what to sell you.
Music Fan
That's only if the person following/listening to your list is indeed a
"friend".

What harm? There many studies that show the affect of certain triggers to
people with traumatic experiences. To see a username of an unwelcome
follower can trigger undesired feelings and potentially dangerous
behaviors. To have these malicious people use musical choice as a weapon to
alienate, intimidate, and manipulate is an abuse of the joy and gift of
music.

>From the perspective of someone who has never experienced abuse, I can
understand the question of why. However, anyone who desires to share
something as intimately connected to the soul as music should also have the
ability to deny access to that if they would desire.

Back in the day, we had mix tapes. Not everyone got a mix tape and the mix
tape shared a message with the receiver. However, without control over who
can't follow, those people who are no longer trusted or have broken that
bond still can live in a world of delusion or jealousy. To block that
person from participating in a dialogue that isn't theirs is sometimes the
only way to end the cycle of dysfunction.

There's much more to this, but these are part of the beginning to answer
your questions.

Regular

"...that just wants to invade your privacy."  How can you possibly know that?

 

Personally I couldn't give a darn either way. At my age I'm just amazed they still remember me (or even want to).

 

I've not experienced anyone following me other than anyone that are close, fairly close (from my kids say), were close or known from my school days.  

 

I can't explain my experience compared with to yours. Maybe myself and people who know, or knew me at some point in my personal history, are all now all mature enough to let bygones be bygones?

 

I don't think people should be prevented from being inquisitive simply because others suffer paranoia.

Casual Listener
Not everyone is grown up and mature enough to leave people be
Music Fan
I'm happy to hear that you have had a good life free of immature and
unhealthy people. I don't appreciate the insinuation that I am or other
people are paranoid.

Try to see it from outside your own experience and understand that everyone
has the right to have their concerns be valid. Personally, I Don't share my
life very openly, but I will for your sake...

I have an abusive and manipulative ex-spouse who has people (ex-family
members with a mix of psychological disorders) following my lists that I
can't block. Every time I add a song, suspicion that I am adding for
someone else sparks an abusive jealous attack and unnecessary immature
vindictive action. If I could block them, I could finally have freedom from
that.

You are blessed with your situation, perhaps more than you know. Try to
respect this desire on a level of maturity that acknowledges others right
to privacy and attempt to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness free
from toxicity.

Newbie

Please do... 

 

Newbie

This is an essential harassment prevention feature and it makes no sense that it's taken years and years for it to even be considered a 'good idea'.

Spotify doesn't value the safety concerns of their users one bit. This thread is proof.