Spotify is cracking down on fake streams with promises to withhold royalties and remove content.
Fake streams are plays of music by bots, hijacked accounts, or other inauthentic listening methods. It’s become such a problem that J Cole rapped about it in the 2018 song, “A Lot.”
“Getting they plays from machines /
I can see behind the smoke and mirrors /
N**gas ain’t really big as they seem.”