Elon Musk applauded Netflix’s new company culture guidelines, but warned that the company might not be the best place for employees who couldn’t work on content they disagreed with or found harmful.
Musk responded to a tweet about the new policy with, “Good move by @netflix.”
For the first time since 2017, Netflix updated its company culture guidelines, adding a new section titled “Artistic Expression.”
“Not everyone will like — or agree with — everything on our service,” the guidelines state, adding, “Rather than having Netflix censor specific artists or voices, we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them.”
“As employees, we support the principle that Netflix offers a diverse range of stories, even if some titles run counter to our own personal values,” the guidelines go on to say. “Depending on your role, you may be required to work on titles that you believe are harmful. If you find it difficult to support our breadth of content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
Netflix made the policy change following a record quarterly loss of subscribers, which the company blamed on increased competition, password sharing, and other factors such as inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Elon Musk previously blamed Netflix’s loss of subscribers on the “woke mind virus,” writing on Twitter: “The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable.”
It’s unclear what content the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire was referring to, but in a subsequent tweet, he said, “Can they please just make sci-fi/fantasy at least mostly about sci-fi/fantasy?”
In October, some Netflix employees publicly chastised the company for airing a special in which comedian Dave Chappelle made derogatory remarks about transgender people. Despite protests, the special was not removed from the streaming service.
Musk’s views on content moderation have come under increased scrutiny since announcing last month that he would buy Twitter for $44 billion and signaled plans to loosen content moderation on the platform.
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