One of the main problems not counted by the global streaming platforms is how they have had to face the national laws of each country and how they have had to censor certain contents that are considered inappropriate by some governments.
In its first report on what it calls environmental social governance, the Red Haasting company reported that nine governments around the world have asked it to remove films or series or other audiovisual productions from the platform.
To date, Netflix has received three written requests from the Singapore government covering five pieces of content, and one from New Zealand, Vietnam, Germany and Saudi Arabia. All have been since 2015. Netflix says it only removes the content if it receives a written request from the government seeking censorship.
And these are the requests that have so far accepted and removed:
- In 2015, we met a written request from New Zealand Film and Video Labeling Body to remove The Bridge from service in New Zealand only. The film is classified as "objectionable" in the country.
- In 2017, we complied with a written request from the Vietnamese Authority for Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI) to remove Full Metal Jacket from service only in Vietnam.
- In 2017, we complied with a written request from the German Commission for Youth Protection (KJM) to remove Night of the Living Dead from the service only in Germany. A version of the film is prohibited in the country.
- In 2018, we met a written request from Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to eliminate Cooking on High, The Legend of 420, and Disjointed from the service only in Singapore.
- In 2019, we complied with a written request from the Saudi Communication and the Information Technology Commission to remove an episode: "Saudi Arabia" – from the Patriot Act series with Hasan Minhaj of the service in Saudi Arabia only.
Netflix also takes advantage of clarifying in this report its privacy protection policies for its users.
“Our service is subscription based and we do not allow third-party advertising on Netflix. When members subscribe to the service, we request very little information: email, name and payment method. We do not collect sociodemographic data such as gender or race for the purposes of our visualization recommendation system. We offer creators the ability to reach audiences around the world. However, our catalog varies from one country to another, even for rights reasons (that is, we do not have the rights to show everything in all the countries where we operate). In some cases we have also been forced to eliminate specific titles or episodes of titles in specific countries due to the government's elimination demands. ”
The last request for elimination was now in 2020, from the Singapore government to eliminate "The Last Hangover," a Brazilian comedy.