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May 19, 2022

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Netflix tells employees, ‘You may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful’

Netflix
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has created an “artistic expression” section of the company’s workplace culture guidelines, indicating that employees may have to work on or alongside content they think is harmful.

“As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values,” the culture document states. “Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

It’s unclear when exactly Netflix updated this company guideline, but a previous version of Netflix culture document from April 23 did not have an “artistic expression” section and had little to no mention of how employees should or could address feelings about content that Netflix creates.

The entire section on Netflix’s website can be found below.

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Last year, Netflix faced some criticism from transgender people over comments made by comedian Dave Chappelle on his Netflix special The Closer. The frustration among some with Chappelle’s special boiled over and eventually led to a Netflix employee walkout.

“We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt that’s been caused,” a Netflix spokesperson said at the time regarding the walkout. “We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content.”

Netflix did not immediately respond to MarketWatch’s request for comment on this story.

The news comes as Netflix reported a loss of 200,000 subscribers during its latest earnings report, and suffered a subsequent 35% loss the for company’s stock, the biggest drop since 2004.

See also: Disney is faring better than Netflix, but how much does that matter?

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings partially blamed password sharing as a cause for lack of new subscriber growth, claiming that 100 million people are using shared login information for the streaming service. Netflix says it will soon be cracking down on password sharing, and such restrictions, as well as a new ad-supported tier, could come by the end of 2022.

Shares of Netflix Inc. were up 6.09% during Friday’s trading. However, Netflix is down 62.51% over the past 12 months, compared with a 4.3% drop for the S&P 500
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Index over that same period.