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Gulf countries demand Netflix remove any inflammatory content.

According to Saudi Arabia’s media watchdog, the Gulf Arab states have asked the US streaming giant Netflix to remove material that they consider to be against “Islamic and societal standards” in the area.Although the substance was not specified, it was noted that it had kid-friendly material. 

In a programme on the subject, the Saudi government run Al Ekhbariya  TV  aired  cartoon  clips  that  appeared  to show two girls cuddling. According to a statement from the General Commission for Audiovisual Media in Riyadh, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait, the content violates media laws in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Without going into further detail, it stated that “appropriate legal measures will be taken” if Netflix continues to show the content.A request for comment from Reuters did not receive a response right away from Netflix.

In a similarly phrased statement, the UAE said on Tuesday that it would monitor Netflix material in the following days and “evaluate its commitment to broadcasting restrictions” in the nation.

Many Muslim-majority countries criminalise same-sex partnerships, and authorities in those countries have in the past banned films that depict such relationships, while also occasionally censoring films that contain profanity or illegal drug usage.

Because it has characters that are in a same-sex relationship, the animated feature film “Lightyear” from Walt Disney-Pixar was earlier this year outlawed in the UAE and other Muslim countries.