According to the Hungarian Media Council, Netflix encourages young people to use drugs. The Hungarian Media Council has informed the Dutch authorities.
“The Media Council’s investigation has established that Netflix used an inappropriate age rating for a series showing the use and effects of drugs,” the authority said in a statement.
The Media Council has investigated Netflix’s How to Change Your Mind in response to a viewer complaint. According to the authority’s investigation, the four-part series presented the effects of psychedelics in a way that “may encourage under-18s to try the narcotics featured in the programme”. “The producers go into great detail about the alleged positive effects of the drugs, but mention the dangers only superficially and incompletely,” the statement reads.
The programme was published on Netflix with a rating for over-16s, hvg.hu reports. However, according to the media council’s decision, it belongs to the age category for over-18s. In the US, the series is rated as “TV-MA”, i.e. for adults only.
Netflix is a company registered in the Netherlands. It is therefore subject to Dutch media regulations, 24.hu reports. For this reason, the Hungarian authorities cannot act against Netflix. The Hungarian Media Council will inform the Commissariaat voor de Media (CvdM), the Dutch counterpart authority, and make available the results of its own investigation.
Source: 24.hu, hvg.hu