Dear Spotify Team,
I apologize in advance for this rather lengthy post. In recent years, Spotify has been pushing to become more of a social platform in addition to a music streaming service. The new component of the application is welcome for numerous reasons. Friends and family are able to see the artists and songs they like, share playlists and new music with one another, as well as work on collaborative playlists together. The list goes on. Despite this, the feature also brings negatives. Anyone is able to follow any account. Everyone knows at least one person who they would avoid at all costs. Whether it is an ex-lover, ex-friend, co-worker, stranger, or mortal enemy, there are some people who we are not comfortable around.
Due to this, many have requested a "block follower" feature in the past. There is even a vote for it that has been classified as a "good idea" here: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Block-Followers/idi-p/310496
It has almost been exactly 5 years since that was requested, yet in 2018, this feature is still not available. In those 5 years, we have been told temporary workarounds, but no actual solutions. Long ago, I've privated all of my playlists, stopped publishing my activity, and stopped showing my current top artists. Basically, the only "fix" is to hide away everything. This is a problem for those who would still like to share their current musical interests with certain family members and friends. The only other "solution" would be to make a new account. Users with thousands of songs within their hundreds of playlists will have to migrate them to a new account. The new account can then be ruined if followed by the same person who caused the new account in the first place. I've already contacted customer support numerous times, but I've only been linked the previously mentioned vote, or have been instructed to do the options listed above.
How is it that a complex algorithm for Discover Weekly exists within Spotify, but a simple block feature is missing? As a long time premium user, I speak for many when I ask for the addition of this option.
Thank you for reading.