The media watchdog in Saudi Arabia claims that the Gulf Arab governments have ordered the removal of the US streaming giant Netflix due to its offensive content and its negative effects on “Islamic and social norms” in the region.
Although it did not specify the substance, it did mention that it included material aimed towards children. Al Ekhbariya TV, a government-run channel in Saudi Arabia, featured animated clips of the two girls cuddling in a programme about the issue.
The film violates media regulations in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait, according to a statement made by the General Commission for Audiovisual Media in Riyadh.
Without providing any other information, it stated that “necessary legal steps will be taken” if Netflix keeps playing the movie.
Netflix did not immediately reply to a request.
The voice-over continues, “Pay a monthly Netflix subscription, and your child gets to see this unethical crap,” while a hazy clip from “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” with ominous music in the background plays. It cited social media campaigns calling for the prohibition of Netflix.
Although Saudi Arabia has previously requested the removal of politically sensitive information, Gulf governments have claimed that their problem with the streaming service is over immoral content that violates societal standards. In accordance with the kingdom’s wishes, Netflix removed a satirical episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” in 2019.