Elon Musk praises Netflix for ‘anti-woke rule’ telling employees to QUIT if they don’t like shows

Elon Musk praises Netflix for ‘anti-woke rule’ telling employees to QUIT if they don’t like shows

ELON Musk has praised Netflix for its crackdown on woke employees who refuse to work on shows that they find offensive.

Last week, the U.S. streaming titan informed staff that if they disagree with content they are working on, they can leave the firm.

Elon Musk has praised Netflix's stance on 'woke' employees
Elon Musk has praised Netflix’s stance on ‘woke’ employeesCredit: AP

In response to a tweet about the new policy, Musk tweeted Sunday: “Good move by @netflix.”

It comes a month after the Tesla chief slammed Netflix as having a “woke mind virus” that makes it “unwatchable.”

For the first time in five years, Netflix recently updated its company-culture guidelines to include a new section titled “Artistic Expression.”

“Not everyone will like — or agree with — everything on our service,” the guidelines say.

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It added: “We let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.”

The guidelines came in response to staff threatening to leave the company if it continued to work with Dave Chapelle.

The stand-up, 48, sparked outrage online with comments about transgender people that he made during a Netflix recent special.

Staff at the streaming giant walked out in October last year in protest of the show’s anti-trans messaging.

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“As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values,” the guidelines continue.

“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

Netflix’s policy change came after the platform reported a loss in its subscriber count for the first time in years.

In its most recent quarterly earnings report, the company blamed the drop on password sharing, increased competition and other factors such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Musk at the time attributed the stumble to the company’s “woke” culture, writing on Twitter: “The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable.”

The billionaire is currently battling to buy Twitter in order to make the platform more committed to what he calls free speech.

He revealed on Friday that the $44bn deal is now on hold due to an issue over spam and fake account numbers on the platform.

Musk, 50, wants more information about the real number of fakes on the service before snapping it up.

But he said the hold up is only temporary and that he is “still committed to acquisition”.

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Tweeting on the service, he shared: “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users.”

The timing is bizarre as the five per cent figure was announced weeks ago by Twitter.


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