SoundCloud takes aim at repost networks, begins to ban accounts who abuse the feature
The proliferation of repost networks and thirsty artists desperate for easy plays has turned the SoundCloud feeds of most users into a steady stream of mediocre music rather than the discovery platform it was intended to be. Many have noticed this trend, and so has SoundCloud, who have just begun issuing temporary bans on accounts who are abusing the feature for play manipulation or worse, selling reposts for monetary gains.
According to Pigeons & Planes, 1833.fm have had their SoundCloud account temporarily blocked after repeatedly reposting tracks from other accounts in an attempt to juice plays. SoundCloud asserts that such behavior “loses that human feeling,” although 1833.fm claims to only be reposting 3-6 times per day.
The current ban on the channel is only for 9 hours, but it is expected that ban lengths will increase exponentially with each consecutive infraction. Don’t put on your tinfoil hats just yet, but P&P hypothesizes that the bans are being targeted — most likely at large channels and those that operate as part of payola-esque repost networks like EDM.com and their ilk.
The messages from SoundCloud are attached below via Pigeons & Planes.