Elon Musk praises Netflix, telling staff to work on content or quit

  • Netflix’s corporate culture guidelines state that staff should be allowed to work on content they deem harmful.
  • Responding to a tweet about the guidelines, Elon Musk said it was a “good move” by Netflix.
  • Last month, Musk said of Netflix, “The Woke Mind Virus is making Netflix inaccessible.”

Elon Musk hailed


for its new corporate culture guidelines that say it may not be the best place for employees who can’t work on content they don’t agree with or find harmful.

In response to a tweet about the new policy, Musk tweeted: “Good shot from @netflix.”

Netflix recently updated its corporate culture guidelines for the first time since 2017 to include a new section called “Artistic Expression”.

“Not everyone will like – or agree with – everything on our service,” the guidelines state, adding “we let viewers decide what’s right for them, rather than Netflix censoring artists or specific voices”.

“As employees, we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles contrary to our own personal values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles that you perceive If you are struggling to support the breadth of our content, Netflix may not be the best place for you,” they continue.

Netflix’s policy change came after the platform saw a record loss of subscribers, which the company attributed to increased competition, password sharing and factors including inflation and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Musk blamed the loss of subscribers on Netflix’s “wake-up call”, writing on Twitter: “The awakened mind virus makes Netflix inaccessible.”

It’s unclear exactly what content the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire was referring to, but he said in a follow-up Tweeter: “Can they just make sci-fi/fantasy at least *mostly* about sci-fi/fantasy?”

Netflix came under fire from some of its own employees in October for airing a Dave Chappelle comedy special in which he made transphobic comments. The special has not been removed from the


service despite protests.

Musk’s views on content moderation have come under intense scrutiny since he announced last month that he would buy Twitter in a $44 billion deal and turn it into a refuge for freedom of expression.


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