Gulf states tell Netflix to remove content that ‘violates Islamic and social values ​​and principles’

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  • Six Gulf states issued a statement to Netflix demanding that it remove content that violates Islamic values.

  • The statement did not mention specific content to remove, but did mention content directed at children.

  • If Netflix doesn’t remove the content, the states said they would take “necessary legal action.”

Netflix is ​​facing lawsuits from six Gulf states to remove content that the states say “violates Islamic and social values ​​and principles.”

In a joint statement Tuesday, a committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media said Netflix would face legal action if it did not remove the offending content, but did not specify what content.

According to Arab News, the statement says that the committee approached Netflix to remove infringing content, as well as “content directed at children.”

The statement is likely a response to LGBTQ content on the Netflix platform. Bloomberg reported that there have been discussions in the Gulf about content that promotes homosexuality among children. Homosexuality is condemned in Islam, and homosexual activity is illegal in the predominantly Muslim Gulf countries.

The six Gulf states on the council are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Al Ekhbariya, a Saudi state television channel, aired an interview with a behavioral and family consultant who said Netflix was an “official sponsor of homosexuality.”

A blurry clip of two female characters kissing on Netflix’s animated show “Jurassic Park: Camp Cretaceous” was also featured.

“All legal measures will be taken to protect the sovereignty, citizens and residents of the Kingdom from any intellectual attack aimed at affecting their societies, values, the safety of raising their generations and protecting them from harmful content,” said Esra Assery, director executive of the Saudi commission. she told Arab News.

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In June, the Disney movie “Lightyear,” part of the “Toy Story” franchise, was banned in some Muslim-majority countries because it showed two women kissing. In response, Disney+ said its content in the Gulf states “should align with local regulatory requirements.”

Netflix did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. The streaming platform also did not make a statement in response to GCC’s statement.

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