• PTC Calls Out Netflix for Indefensible Content

    by  • August 14, 2018 • Other • 3 Comments


    Netflix is on the hook to answer why it continues to distribute child pornography found in the controversial film Desire that shows a young girl engaged in an explicit act.

    Parents Television Council President Tim Winter wrote to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings asking him to directly answer this question and more, saying, “Netflix has gone from merely showing a reckless disregard for the millions of families that keep your streaming platform alive and viable, and callously placing profits ahead of any sense of corporate responsibility, to potentially engaging in criminal activity. And at such a momentous time in Hollywood as this, where #MeToo is exposing grotesque behavior and holding those accountable for engaging in it, how can Netflix affirmatively engage in the distribution of such disreputable content?”

    A copy of the letter is  found below.

    Netflix Letter Aug 2018




    3 Responses to PTC Calls Out Netflix for Indefensible Content

    1. Jay Wilson
      August 26, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      I have a solution to your complaints about Netflix. Given Mr. Winter’s experience as a TV executive, he should just start his own “G” rated subscription service and hire Mike Pence and Franklin Graham to program it for him. But let’s allow the subscribers determine what they want to see on Netflix, even if that isn’t Mr. Winter’s cup of tea.

    2. Cindy
      August 16, 2018 at 11:43 am

      The movie director, Diego Kaplan, defends the film by claiming “the girls were not aware of what they were doing.” (USA Today.)

      Child porn is easily crafted around images of innocents who are “not aware of what they are doing.” A picture of a naked child becomes pornographic in the context surrounding it, not because the child is aware that they are being exploited. Awareness is not necessary for child porn. This guy should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of child porn laws.

      • David
        August 23, 2018 at 7:29 pm

        “it’s a popular program and nobody has to watch it?”

        Netflix’s recent software update for the Fire TV autoplays trailers for programs as the user browses for content. There is no way to turn this off and anyone using the interface, children included, have no choice but to view the trailers, many of which have violent and sexual content.

        It would be simple for Netflix to add whitelist and password for specific titles parents wish their children to view, but Netflix sticks to crippled parental control capability and a child interface that encourages browsing for new content and maximizing viewing hours. We can agree or disagree if these tactics are fine for adults, but Netflix’s assumption this model is suitable for all audiences is self-serving and unacceptable.

        I’ve opted to disable access to Netflix entirely to protect my children. I fear for parents who don’t realize Netflix is pushing this content to all audiences.

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