Netflix has undergone a lot of changes since it first launched. The most recent being the option for subscribers to turn off the autoplay feature, which customers have long complained about. With 148 million subscribers worldwide, Netflix’s expansion also means heeding requests from world governments, and a recently released report revealed the nine TV series and movies the streaming giant was forced to remove following official government demands.The streamer has released its first transparency report which is designed to show Netflix’s environmental, social and governance performance.
The standout information from the Environmental Social Governance report is that of films and series removed from the service. In the report, Netflix notes that it has “been forced to remove specific titles or episodes of titles in specific countries due to government takedown demands.”
These include the removal of an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj in Saudi Arabia where the titular presenter was highly critical of the country’s politics and crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Elsewhere, the 1987 war movie Full Metal Jacket was removed from Netflix in Vietnam, while The Bridge was taken down in New Zealand. Singapore was the biggest single country for requesting the removal of titles, with films Cooking on High, The Legend of 420, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Last Hangover and comedy series Disjointed were removed in Singapore. Night of the Living Dead was removed in Germany where a version of the film was already banned.
The streamer specified the content was only pulled down from only the country where the request came from. The report, however, did not mention how many requests of removal it has received in total.
Among the shows and segments which have been removed from Netflix are an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. In the episode titled 'Saudi Arabia,' the American-born Muslim lashed out at the country after the killing of The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate of Istanbul.