FACT CHECK: No, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Was Not Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography

FACT CHECK: No, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Was Not Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography


A viral Facebook post shared over 900 times claims Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was arrested by the FBI after being caught with 13,000 files of child pornography.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence Hastings was arrested. The claim stems from an article published by Toronto Today, a website that has previously published misinformation.

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Fact Check:

In recent days, a rumor that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been arrested on child pornography charges has been circulating on social media. The claim appears to have started circulating amid Netflix receiving backlash for “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, with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz asking in a letter to Attorney General William Barr for the Department of Justice 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

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