Netflix tells employees they can quit if they don’t want to work on content they disagree with, according to new company culture guidelines

  • Netflix updated its business cultural guidelines for the first time since 2017 to include an “artistic expression”.
  • It says “Netflix may not be the best place” for employees who can not work with content they do not agree with.
  • The streamer wants to recover after a historic decline in the number of subscribers and sudden layoffs.

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updated its corporate culture guidelines for the first time since 2017 to include an “artistic expression” section that warns employees that they may need to work with content that is contrary to their personal values.

“Not everyone will like – or agree with – everything at our service,” it said PM says. “We let viewers decide what’s right for them, as opposed to letting Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”

“Depending on your role, you may need to work with titles that you perceive as harmful. If you find it difficult to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” it continues.

The move follows a tumultuous quarter


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giant marked by a historic loss of subscribers and an unexpected round of creative layoffs.

The company credited its first subscription reduction in over a decade to growing competition, password sharing and macroeconomic factors such as inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But critics of the service, such as Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, have blamed Netflix’s financial difficulties for “waking up” content that Musk called “invisible.”

The company faced further scrutiny in October last year, when Netflix employees planned a walk to protest Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special, “The Closer,” in which Chappelle makes transphobic comments. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended the decision to send the program in internal emails to employees.

Netflix has been discussing cultural issues within the company for the past 18 months, a spokesman told The Wall Street Journal. The latest update to the site aims to help potential employees “make better-informed decisions about whether Netflix is ​​the right company for them,” the spokesman said.

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