Netflix cracks down on tobacco after shrugging off suicides

Monday, July 15, 2019
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

"13 Reasons" imageA recent decision by Netflix has exposed a glaring double-standard created by the streaming giant.

The advocacy group Parents Television Council is praising Netflix for a new policy that drops depictions of smoking in TV shows and films targeted to children. 

"They're sort of tacitly admitting that what kids see on TV can influence how they behave in the real world,” responds PTC spokesperson Melissa Henson.

And that is the ongoing argument from organizations such as the Parents Television Council and One Million Moms: kids emulate what they watch, including underage drinking, profanity, and even suicide.

Henson, Melissa (PTC)Netflix has ignored parents who linked its hit TV show "13 Reasons Why" to their own children's suicides. 

“Although Netflix did a good thing,” says Henson, “their policy doesn't go far enough and they need to also look at some of these other harmful depictions that are influencing the way kids behave."

She doubts, however, that there will be a big change from the billion-dollar company judging by their dismissive attitude toward PTC at a recent shareholders meeting.

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