FACT CHECK: Was Netflix CEO Kim Martin Morrow Arrested On Child Pornography Charges?
A post shared on Facebook claims Kim Martin Morrow, purportedly the CEO of Netflix, was arrested on child pornography charges.
Netflix’s CEO is not named Kim Martin Morrow. The streaming service’s two CEOs, Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, have not been charged with possession of child pornography.
In September 2020, a rumor on social media falsely claimed Netflix’s Hastings, was arrested for possession of over 13,000 images of child pornography. Days later, social media users began sharing posts claiming that Morrow is the CEO of Netflix and that he was “charged with 15 charges for child pornography.”
But, like the claim about Hastings, the claim that Morrow was arrested for possession of child pornography has been fabricated. The only two CEOs of Netflix are Hastings and Sarandos, who also serves as the company’s chief content officer, according to the Netflix investor’s website. No one with Morrow’s name is listed as holding a high-ranking leadership position on the streaming service’s website.
Had such a senior leader from Netflix been arrested, it would have made headlines, yet Check Your Fact found no credible media reports covering such an arrest. (RELATED: No, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Was Not Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography)
These claims appear to have started circulating amid Netflix receiving backlash from viewers and politicians about the movie “Cuties,” a French film about an 11-year-old girl that joins other young girls in a dance group “named ‘the cuties’ at school, and rapidly grows aware of her burgeoning femininity – upsetting her mother and her values in the process,” according to the movie’s description on IMDb.
Some viewers and politicians have criticized the film for allegedly sexualizing young girls, according to The Associated Press. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for an investigation of the streaming platform by the Justice Department to “determine whether Netflix, its executives, or the individuals involved in the filming and production of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography,” according to a letter Cruz sent to Attorney General William Barr.
Netflix defended the film in statements that echo director Maïmouna Doucouré, saying that “Cuties” is a “social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” per The Washington Post.