Six Arab Countries Demand that Netflix Remove Offensive and Immoral Content

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MIDDLE EAST (VINnews) — Six Arab nations are demanding that Netflix remove “offensive content,” particularly immoral programming that targets children.

The Middle Eastern countries, which belong to the “Gulf Cooperation Council of Electronic Media” are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

They issued a joint statement declaring that some content on the streaming service, whose stock has been tanking in recent months, “violated Islamic and societal values and principles.”

The group threatened “necessary measures” if Netflix — which lost nearly one million subscribers in its second quarter — fails to comply with the demand and continues to stream immoral or offensive content.

The statement said: “It has been noticed in the recent period that the Netflix platform has broadcast some visual materials and content that violates the media content controls in the UAE and contradicts societal values ​​in the country. The Netflix platform has been contacted to remove this content, especially the offending content directed at children.”

Recently, several Islamic nations, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, banned the Disney movie “Lightyear” over its promotion of immorality.


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