“If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” the memo read.
Responding to the news, Musk called the memo a “good move.”
Good move by @netflix
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2022
Musk’s comment could be indicative of how he plans to run Twitter if his $44 billion acquisition is completed. He has already suggested mass lay-offs at the company, arguing that Twitter does not need as many employees as it currently has.
The memo from Netflix comes just a few months after a group of employees staged a revolt over comedian Dave Chappelle’s recent comedic special. They accused Chappell of bigotry and violence because of jokes he made about the transgender community, and demanded that Netflix remove the special from its platform.
Netflix refused and defended the special, and is now making it clear to employees that the platform will not “censor specific artists or voices” even if offended employees believe their content is “harmful.”
“Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view. So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative,” the memo stated.
Netflix will “support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with” and allow viewers to “decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices,” it added.