A special GCC committee has called on US streaming giant Netflix to remove content deemed offensive to “Islamic and societal values” in the region.
The move by the council’s electronic media committee was highlighted during a meeting of the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media.
The committee had taken the decision to approach Netflix “in light of the recent observation that the platform was broadcasting visual material and content which violates content rules and regulations in GCC countries,” a commission statement said.
“The content violates Islamic and societal values and principles. As such, the platform was contacted to remove this content, including content directed at children, and to ensure adherence to the laws.”
It was agreed that authorities would follow up on Netflix’s compliance with the directives.
“In the event that the violating content continues to be available, the necessary legal measures will be taken,” the statement added.