- Netflix updated their company. cultural guidelines For the first time since 2017, we will include an “Artistic Expression” section.
- For employees who can’t work on content they don’t agree with, “Netflix may not be the best place to be.”
- Streamers are trying to recover from a historical decline in subscriber count and sudden layoffs.
For the first time since 2017, we updated our company culture guidelines to include a “Artistic Expression” section to warn employees that they may be required to work with content that goes against their personal values.
“Not everyone likes or agrees with everything on our services.” memo say “We allow viewers to decide what is right for them instead of Netflix censoring specific artists or voices.”
“Depending on your role, you may have to work on titles that you consider harmful. If you can’t support a wide range of content, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
Movement follows turbulent divergences.
A behemoth characterized by a historical loss of subscribers and unexpected creative layoffs.
The company sees its first decline in subscriptions in a decade, driven by macroeconomic factors such as intensifying competition, cryptocurrency sharing, inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, service critics such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk have criticized Netflix’s financial hardship for “wake up” content that Musk said “can’t see.”
The company faced further scrutiny last October when Netflix employees planned a strike to protest the controversial stand-up special “The Closer” in which Chappelle made transphobic remarks. Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended the decision to air the show via internal email to employees.
“Netflix has been discussing cultural issues within the company for the past 18 months,” a Netflix spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal. The website’s recent update aims to help prospective employees “make better informed decisions about whether Netflix is the right company for them,” the spokesperson said.