Since its founding 23 years ago, Netflix removed 9 movies and series platform at the request of the governments of some countries. For the first time, the giant decided to reveal what these titles are and which countries asked for their removal.
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See which titles were removed from Netflix at the request of governments:
The Bridge, at the request of New Zealand in 2015; Born to Kill, at the request of Vietnam in 2017; The Night of the Living Dead, at the request of Germany in 2017; Cooking at 4:20, The Legend of 420 and Disjointed, the order from Singapore in 2018; Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, at the request of Saudi Arabia in 2019; The Last Temptation of Christ, at the request of Singapore in 2019; Christmas Special: If You Drink, Don’t Supper, at the request of Singapore in 2019.
According to the website, the first to disclose the list of those removed, the Netflix intends to disclose this type of information annually. The reason is to “maintain transparency about how you deal with censorship in the markets in which you intend to invest.”
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Under what circumstances does Netflix remove a title from the catalog?
Netflix says in its report that it only removes content if it receives a written request from the government seeking censorship. The company considers written, legal demands and aims to comply with local laws.
It is worth remembering that last year, a request by the Justice of Rio de Janeiro to remove the “” was overturned by Minister Dias Toffoli, president of the STF.
Sometimes content removal demands are a reflection of a society’s values or laws. For example, in 2018, Singapore asked Netflix to remove a cannabis cooking comedy in California, because cannabis is illegal in Singapore.
Other notable removal was that of comedian Hasan Minhaj, “Patriot Act”, in response to a written request from the Saudi government in 2019. It is important to note that the withdrawal of a film from Netflix at the request of a government, it is restricted to that territory, not reaching users from other countries.
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