Stalking has become a term synonymous with digital culture. The word is such a common part of the social media lexicon that hearing someone is being ‘stalked’ online may not even cause you to bat an eyelid.
But what if being stalked online translated to stalking in real life? Stalking can take many forms, from physical to digital to financial, and as many as one in five women and one in ten men will experiencing stalking in their lifetime.
While most social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter offer a blocking feature to protect users from unwanted contact, Spotify, which bridges the gap between music service provider and social media, does not.
“I have a stalker who created a playlist and added me to it and named it something derogatory to get my attention and insult me.” One post in the forum reads, “He later changed it to his control only, but now it is still on my home screen. He can see my activity even though I am not friends with him” it goes on.
Another post explains that making a profile private simply won’t solve the problem: “I am currently being stalked by a user on multiple online platforms. After speaking with Spotify support about the issue a month ago, I was told that I would have to make a new account. The person will just look up my husband's account and then continue to stalk my new username that way. I have no way to make that information private.”
Despite pleas from Spotify users asking for a blocking feature, Spotify are yet to introduce any protective measures, even though the first formal request for such a feature was made in 2013.
We are calling on Spotify to introduce a blocking feature to ensure that everyone can enjoy the service in safety and free from danger.