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Egypt Demands Netflix, Others Adhere To 'Social Values'

PARIS, France - Egypt's media regulator demanded Wednesday that Netflix and other streaming services adhere to this majority Muslim country's 'social values' - a veiled reference to programs featuring members of the LGBTQ community.

The statement came a day after Gulf Arab countries asked Netflix to remove 'offensive content' on the streaming service, apparently targeting programs that show gays and lesbiens.

According to the Egyptian government's statement, streaming services should comply with 'societal principles and values of the country' they are streaming in. The statement called for them to undertake 'necessary measures if they air content contradicting values of the society'.

The statement by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation did not elaborate. Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Homosexuality is highly taboo in Egypt, where a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 95% of those polled said it should be 'rejected by society'.


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