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Netflix’s new rule in the ‘artistic expression’ category is that employees may have to work on content that is contrary to their personal values. For the first time since 2017, the company is updating its cultural guidelines. ‘Everything in their service does not have to be liked or accepted by everyone. They allow viewers to decide what is best for them. It’s not about employee harassment or censorship, “Netflix said.
Employees will have to work according to the roles in the company. It can sometimes be something they explicitly oppose or disagree with. The company also made it clear that Netflix would not be the best place for those who find it difficult to support the company’s content expanse. The company’s decision follows a quarter of record losses of subscribers and an unexpected round of layoffs at the creative level. This reinforces the argument that there is a difference of opinion within the company on the content to be published.
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The company suffered a major setback in the last quarter due to macroeconomic factors such as growing competition, password sharing, inflation and Russia’s occupation of Ukraine. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and others have publicly denounced Netflix’s content. Netflix is also filling social media with new cultural guidelines.
Netflix employees had previously planned a walkout against the screening of Dave Chappell’s controversial standup special, ‘The Closer’. Chappell expressed transphobic comments on the show. Following this, the company underwent further scrutiny last October. Co-CEO of Netflix Ted Sarandos had justified his decision to broadcast the show to employees via internal emails.
A spokesman for the Wall Street Journal explained that cultural issues have been discussed within Netflix for the past 18 months. A Netflix spokesperson, meanwhile, said the new guidelines would give new employees a chance to self-assess whether the company is right for them.