Netflix has picked up nine titles in its history thanks to requests from various governments around the world, the company announced Friday, offering a window into the problems of running a worldwide streaming service with a broad range of content.
Based in Los Gatos, California, Netflix is expanding into a global company: By the end of 2019, the streaming giant counted more than 167 million subscribers in over 190 countries. (The only major exception is China.) When you provide movies and TV shows to customers around the world, sometimes it is inevitable that someone, somewhere, may not be happy with something from your platform. But with the exception of a few isolated cases that make the news, the public does not know about the opportunities that Netflix has pulled something under the control of a particular government.
The company, which launched in 1998 as a DVD-rental rental service, began offering streaming video on demand for American customers in 2007. Netflix expanded its Canadian streaming service in 2010, but it wasn't until the following year. I started as an international force, debated in many Latin American countries by the end of 2011 and traveled across the UK and Scandinavia in mid-2012.
As Netflix's global reach grew over the last decade, the company began to emerge from local culture and local government. Nine applications for hiring companies revealed Friday – the first Environmental Management Community Report, which is produced to demonstrate company compliance with the standards set for i Sustainability Accounting Standards Board – it all started in 2015 onwards, and came from five countries: five from Singapore, and one from Germany, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. In both countries, Netflix only downloads content in a specific country. The company says that from 2021 it will report on these requirements annually.
We already knew about another controversial request on Netflix: In 2018, the Saudi Arabian government implemented a particular episode Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that examined the history of the United States & Saudi Arabia. The episode has criticized the world for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi – and he focused on it Saudi Crown Chief Mohammed bin Salman, who is suspected of being killed. In January 2019, Netflix has removed the episode from its platform in Saudi Arabia, though continued to be available nationally on YouTube.
Here is the full list of deductions that Netflix has received:
• In 2015, we complied with a written demand from the New Zealand Film and Video Labeling Body for removal Bridge from service in New Zealand only. The film is classified as "unpopular" in the country.
• In 2017, we complied with the written requirement from Vietnam Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI) for removal Full Metal Jacket from service in Vietnam only.
• In 2017, we complied with a written demand from the German Youth Protection Commission to repeal it Night of the Living Dead from service in Germany only. The film genre is banned in the country.
• In 2018, we complied with a written demand from the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) for removal Cooking Top, The Legend of 420, again It's a shame from service in Singapore only.
• In 2019, we complied with a written demand from the Saudi Information Communication Commission to remove one episode— “Saudi Arabia” – from the series Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj from service in Saudi Arabia only.
• In 2019, we received a written claim from the Southern Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to dismiss The Last Temptation of Christ from service in Singapore only. The film is banned in the country.
• By 2020, we have complied with a written demand from the Singapore infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to eliminate The Last Hangover from service in Singapore only.