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Netflix Fires Employee for Sharing Confidential Data With Reporter




Netflix has terminated an unidentified staff members who shared “commercially sensitive information” with a news organization, violating the streamer’s policies.

“We have let go an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company.”

A source familiar with the situation told Variety that the confidential information was cited in a Bloomberg article about the Netflix employee backlash about comedian Dave Chappelle’s most recent stand-up special for the streamer, “The Closer,” which includes multiple transphobic comments. The Bloomberg article contains internal Netflix data including the amount it paid for specific programming.

Per the Bloomberg report, Netflix paid $24.1 million for the “The Closer,” compared with $23.6 million for Chappelle’s 2019 special, “Sticks & Stones.” The company paid $3.9 million for Bo Burnham’s “Inside” special, and $21.4 million for “Squid Game,” which has captured worldwide buzz.

Netflix famously operates a corporate culture in which it openly shares information with employees. However, according to its employment policies, Netflix staff members are not allowed to share private info outside the company.

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