Netflix CEO Reed Hastings defended the streamer’s decision earlier this year to censor an episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj,” during an interview at the New York Times DealBook Conference on Wednesday.
The episode, which criticised Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi investment in Silicon Valley, was pulled for users in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government complained.
“We’re not in the news business.
We’re not trying to do ‘truth to power.’ We’re trying to entertain,” Hastings told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Hastings made it clear that Netflix is a huge international business and the U.S. only makes up 5 per cent of the world’s population.
And Hastings went on to argue that it can actually do good in the world by playing ball with the Saudi government’s censors.