Netflix has a message for its employees. In cultural guidelines update, the platform has added an “artistic expression” section. This details how the company offers such a wide variety of programs for different audiences. In the culture note update, the American company states that: “We let viewers decide what’s right for them, rather than Netflix censoring specific artists or voices.” Netflix wants to offer a wide choice of shows, “even if we find some titles contrary to our own personal values”, adds the company.
“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles that you perceive to be harmful,” Netflix explains. “If you’re struggling to support the breadth of our content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
The culture page had not been updated since 2017. A spokesperson said Netflix had spent the past 18 months discussing cultural issues internally with employees. The goal is “so that potential employees can understand our position and make more informed decisions about whether Netflix is the right company for eu.” Netflix has come under pressure from its employees, shareholders and politicians, particularly following the airing of Dave Chappelle’s stand-up, The Closer. This one was criticized because of offensive remarks against transgender people. The show sparked a protest outside the Los Angeles premises, demanding the show be removed from the platform. Netflix Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos supported the show in personal emails. However, he later said he had “messed up” communication with the employees.
The Netflix spokesperson confessed that employees were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the new cultural guidelines. The company received over 1000 comments. Netflix is experiencing several difficulties, such as during the publication of their quarterly report which was particularly disappointing. The platform lost subscribers for the first time in a decade. To attract new subscribers, the company said it was considering offering an ad-supported version to offer a lower-priced version.