Netflix Boss Defends Censoring Hasan Minhaj Show After Saudi Protest

Netflix Boss Defends Censoring Hasan Minhaj Show After Saudi Protest

"We're not in the news business", he said during an event sponsored by The New York Times. "We are not attempting to do 'truth to electricity.' We are striving to entertain". But there is certainly a hazard that a vigorous defense of totally free speech could get a firm like Netflix banned from nations around the world like Saudi Arabia altogether, which could be an even even worse result for liberty of speech. Minhaj also criticized Silicon Valley for taking investments from Saudi Arabia.

"We can accomplish a lot more by being entertainment and influence the conversation about the way people live, rather than being another news channel", he added. Cost-free-speech purists would like corporations to do far more to combat censorship in repressive countries like Saudi Arabia.

"We would not comply with that", Hastings responded to the Times" reporter's pointed question. Notably, Netflix said it would "re-think" filming in Georgia past year if the state passed an anti-abortion bill.

"You guys are a truth to power brand". "And if you want to be an entertainment brand, and that's really about sharing lifestyles, then you do have to draw hard lines, but they're around things that are around lifestyle, not around the current news". "It's tough. If you want to be a news brand, then you have a different set of things that you do".

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Minhaj called out Saudi Arabia in a subsequent episode and remarked, "Of all the Netflix originals the only show that Saudi Arabia thinks violates "Muslim values" is the one hosted by a Muslim". PEN America, the literary and human rights organization, said the move "legitimizes repression". American intelligence agencies believe the brutal killing of Khashoggi was carried out on orders from the crown prince.

He also said it was unlikely Netflix would threaten the business of movie theaters, and defended a recent experiment under which users can watch videos sped up 50%. And he specifically brought up Minhaj, asking why they took the episode down.

In response, Hastings indicated there was a line Netflix wouldn't cross when it came to Saudi censorship, saying the company wouldn't comply if the Saudi government asked it to censor content showing LGBTQ characters or storylines. "One giant family controls everything".

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