Netflix has a new message for its employees: Be prepared to work on content you may not agree with and if you don’t like it you can leave immediately. And in a new update to its cultural guidelines, the broadcasting giant has added a section called “Artistic Expression” that details how the company delivers a range of programming to a wide variety of audiences.
“We allow viewers to decide what’s right for them, and we support diversity in stories even if we find some of what we’re offering conflicts with our personal values,” the company says in the updated part of its culture note to employees.
“Depending on your role, you may need to work on topics that you think are harmful and if you find it difficult to support our content expansion, it may not be the best place for you,” the letter continued.
For his part, Elon Musk, the new buyer of Twitter, commented on the news by saying, “A good move by Netflix.”
The American billionaire Elon Musk had previously criticized the company, “Netflix” strongly, and said that he could not stand watching what it produced because it was infected with the “Wok virus”, which means the ideology that has become synonymous with leftist ideas that are built on the basis of identity.
A Netflix spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the company updated its culture page on Thursday for the first time since 2017. He added that the company had spent the past 18 months discussing cultural issues internally with employees. The new language has been added so potential employees can understand our situation and make better informed decisions about whether the company is the right fit for them.”
The spokesperson added that employees were given an opportunity to provide feedback on the new cultural guidelines. Noting that the company received more than 1,000 comments, which helped shape the new part of the memo.
The American company lost 200,000 subscribers between January and March 2022 and saw its shares collapse by 25%, the biggest loss in 10 years.
The company released a disappointing quarterly report last month that revealed that it lost subscribers for the first time in more than a decade. Revenue also grew at the slowest pace in years amid increased competition from new and existing competitors.
The company said it was exploring offering a lower-priced, ad-supported version to help boost its subscriber base.