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Musk praised Netflix for telling employees to quit if they found content offensive

Elon Musk praised Netflix for its new company-culture guidelines saying the company might not be the best place for employees who couldn’t work on content they might disagree with or find harmful.

In response to a tweet about the new policy, Musk tweeted, “Good move by @netflix.”

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

“Not everyone will like — or agree with — everything on our service,” the guidelines say, adding: “We let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”

“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 guidelines continue. “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.”

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

Musk previously blamed the loss of subscribers on Netflix being “woke,” writing on Twitter: “The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable.”

Musk’s views on content moderation have been under increased scrutiny since he announced last month that he planned to buy Twitter in a $44 billion deal and signaled plans to loosen content moderation on the platform.

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