Netflix to staff: You may need to work on titles you deem harmful

Netflix to staff: You may need to work on titles you deem harmful

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created an “Artistic Expression” section in the Company’s Workplace Culture Policies, noting that employees may need to work on or alongside content they deem harmful.

“As employees, we support the principle that Netflix offers a variety of stories, even if we find some titles against our own personal values,” the culture document reads. “Depending on your role, you may have to work on titles that you find harmful. If you’re having a hard time supporting our breadth of content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

It’s unclear exactly when Netflix updated this company policy, but an earlier version of the Netflix culture document dated April 23 had no “artistic expression” section and made little or no mention of how employees should manage feelings about Netflix-created content or could.

You can find the entire section on the Netflix website below.

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Last year, Netflix faced criticism from transgender people for comments made by comedian Dave Chappelle on his Netflix special, The Closer. The frustration of some over Chappelle’s special boiled over, eventually leading to a strike by Netflix employees.

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“We value our trans colleagues and allies and understand the deep pain that has been caused,” a Netflix spokesman said at the time in reference to the strike. “We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to leave and recognize that we have much more work to do both within Netflix and with our content.”

Netflix did not immediately respond to MarketWatch’s request for comment on this story.

The news comes as Netflix reported a loss of 200,000 subscribers during its most recent earnings report and suffered a subsequent 35% loss for the company’s shares, its biggest drop since 2004.

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings partially blamed password sharing as a cause of the lack of growth in new subscribers, claiming that 100 million people use shared credentials for the streaming service. Netflix says it will soon crack down on password sharing, and such restrictions, plus a new ad-supported tier, could come by the end of 2022.

Netflix Inc. shares rose 6.09% during Friday trading. However, Netflix is ​​down 62.51% over the past 12 months, compared to a 4.3% drop in the S&P 500 SPX.
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Index over the same period.

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