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Spotify is finally making it easier to block unwanted followers

Spotify is rolling out a new feature that will make it much easier to block people that you don’t want following your activity on the service. Until now, subscribers have had no control over who could actually see their listening activity and public playlists. Although you could make a request to Spotify’s customer support team to ask them to block a specific person for you, this required more effort, and many folks didn’t even know it existed. Your other option was to disable the social media part of the service entirely, but that’s not an ideal solution for when you do want to share with friends. 

With the new changes, you’ll be able to block someone simply by visiting their user profile and looking for the Block User option in the Three Dots menu at the top. Once you do this, that person won’t be able to access any of your listening activity or even see your profile page. 

Rick Astley artist page on Spotify on an iPhone.
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It’s a feature that’s been long-awaited by Spotify users, some of whom have been requesting it since as far back as 2013. However, despite 121 pages of comments over the past several years, Spotify only acknowledged that it was under consideration in June of this year. 

For many people who use Spotify, this isn’t a minor problem. Comments in the Spotify community forums reveal that some folks have dealt with mental health issues resulting from harassment and even threats of domestic violence on the platform. While such situations should be serious enough to warrant a message to Spotify’s customer support, this hasn’t always been an option. 

In 2018, Buzzfeed News did an in-depth report on Spotify abuse, revealing users who were stalked and harassed through their listening activity. At the time, Spotify updated the longstanding block feature request to a “good idea” but said that it had no immediate plans to add it to the service. Even after a petition garnered nearly 20,000 signatures, it still took the streaming provider nearly three more years to act on the longstanding request.

Fortunately, it’s here now, better late than never. Spotify says the change should start showing up for all users this week.

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