Sep 7, 2022 - Economy

Gulf nations ask Netflix to drop content that "contradicts" Islamic values

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Six Gulf countries issued a joint statement on Tuesday asking Netflix to remove content they said "contradicts Islamic and societal values ​​and principles."

Driving the news: The statement did not specify which material it deemed offensive. The countries warned they would take "necessary legal measures" if the content was not removed.

  • The statement came after social media and television programs in several Gulf nations debated whether content on the streaming giant promoted homosexuality to children, Bloomberg reported.
  • Netflix said it had "nothing to share" on the issue at this time.

The big picture: The statement was issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council, comprised of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

  • In 2019 Netflix removed an episode of the show "Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj" from its platform in Saudi Arabia following a complaint from the Saudi government regarding Minhaj's criticisms of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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