Saudi Arabia and Gulf nations request Netflix remove objectionable content from the platform

The electronic media committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council has urged Netflix to pull certain content off of its website. The Gulf Cooperation Council includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.

According to a statement obtained by Arab News, the committee’s requests are related to content that violates Islamic values. The statement reads, “In light of the recent observation that the platform was broadcasting visual material and content which violates content controls in GCC countries. “[The content] violates Islamic and societal values and principles. The platform was contacted to remove this content, including content directed at children, and to ensure adherence to the laws.”

Additionally, the statement claims that “necessary legal measures will be taken” if Netflix does not remove the offensive material. The region’s censorship of movies and television shows has been a concern for some streaming sites. Last month, Disney+ announced that it would not broadcast the television series Baymax and the film Lightyear, which both contain same-sex kisses in certain Middle Eastern countries.

In April, Netflix made headlines when the company reported a subscriber loss for the first time in more than a decade, which led to a plummeting stock price and a loss of more than $50 million in market cap. 

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