In Egypt, the media regulator – Supreme Council of Media Regulation – has requested that Netflix and other streaming services adhere to its ‘societal values’.
The announcement comes a day after Saudi Arabia and the UAE demanded that Netflix remove “offensive content” from its local platform, indicating that such programmes “contradict Islamic and societal values and principles”.
In a statement released by the Supreme Council of Media Regulation, the media regulator stated that the number of Egyptian users signing up to such platforms is reaching unprecedented levels, which has increased the need for more regulation.
“The council has resolved to setting up new regulations and licensing requirements for online streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney,” the statement read.
The council called for streaming services to undertake “necessary measures if they air content contradicting society values.”
It is not the first time Arab countries have asked streaming platforms to take down content that violates societal standards.
Earlier this year, Arab countries banned the public showing of Disney’s latest animated film, Lightyear, which has a brief moment showing two lesbian characters kissing.
In January, Netflix’s first Arab movie, Perfect Strangers, sparked controversy, with critics claiming it threatened the family and religious values and encouraged homosexuality.
At the time, Egyptian lawmaker Mostafa Bakry proposed that Netflix should be banned in the country and called for an urgent meeting in parliament to discuss the situation.