Streaming giant Netflix has told its employees to leave the company if they are offended by the content the company produces.
The policy can be found in a memo titled “Netflix Culture – Seeking Excellence,” first published by Variety.
“As employees, we support the principle that Netflix offers story diversity, even if we find some titles run counter to our own personal values,” the memo reads.
“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles that you find harmful,” the memo continued. “If you’re having a hard time supporting our breadth of content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
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The memo comes shortly after employees staged a walkout after Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos continued to air Dave Chappelle’s special despite his jibes at the transgender community.
In the memo, Netflix acknowledged that some programming might be problematic for some viewers, but the streaming service chooses not to silence artists.
“Not everyone is going to like — or agree with — everything about our service,” the memo reads.
“Although each title is different, we approach them based on the same principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we work with; we program for a variety of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, as opposed to Netflix censoring specific artists or voices,” it added.
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The memo emerged after Netflix suffered its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. The company’s subscriber base declined by 200,000 subscribers in the January-March period, according to its quarterly report.
The company blamed what it called “headwinds for revenue growth” on password sharing among its members and increasing competition in the streaming space. Netflix estimates that the service will be shared with an additional 100 million households, including 30 million in the US and Canada, in addition to its nearly 222 million paying households.
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Netflix expects to lose another 2 million subscribers in the second quarter.
Fox Bussiness’ Lorraine Taylor contributed to this report.