Netflix CEO defends censoring anti-government video in Saudi Arabia

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Enlarge / Comedian Hasan Minhaj in 2019. (credit: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

As 2019 began, Netflix suppressed an episode of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s show Patriot Act for the Saudi Arabian market, sparking outcry from some Western critics. In a Wednesday interview, CEO Reed Hastings shrugged off those concerns.

“We’re not in the news business,” he said during an event sponsored by The New York Times. “We’re not trying to do ‘truth to power.’ We’re trying to entertain.”

“We can accomplish a lot more by being entertainment and influence the conversation about the way people live, rather than being another news channel,” he added.

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Source: Ars Technica – Netflix CEO defends censoring anti-government video in Saudi Arabia

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