Spotify acquires Kinzen
October 6, 2022
Spotify has acquired Ireland-based Kinzen, a specialist in protecting online communities from harmful content.
Spotify says that its current partnership with Kinzen, which began in 2020, has been critical to enhancing its approach to platform safety. The company’s technology is particularly suited for podcasting and audio formats.
“We’ve long had an impactful and collaborative partnership with Kinzen and its exceptional team. Now, working together as one, we’ll be able to even further improve our ability to detect and address harmful content, and importantly, in a way that better considers local context,” said Dustee Jenkins, Spotify’s Global Head of Public Affairs. “This investment expands Spotify’s approach to platform safety, and underscores how seriously we take our commitment to creating a safe and enjoyable experience for creators and users.”
“The combination of tools and expert insights is Kinzen’s unique strength that we see as essential to identifying emerging abuse trends in markets and moderating potentially dangerous content at scale,” added Sarah Hoyle, Spotify’s Head of Trust and Safety. “This expansion of our team, combined with the launch of our Safety Advisory Council, demonstrates the proactive approach we’re taking in this important space.”
Financial details were not disclosed.