A video claiming 'Netflix' is removing all Christian movies by March 31 is viral on social media. Netizens claim 'The Gospel of Matthew', 'The Gospel of Mark', 'The Gospel of John', 'The Gospel of Luke' will be unavailable on Netflix from March 31, 2021.
This claim has been on social media since 2016.
The claim that Netflix is removing all Christian movies from its platform is FALSE.
When searched using keywords 'Christian movies on Netflix', it showed several movies like "Soul Surfer" (2011), "The Healer" (2017), "Freshman Year" (2019) and "Like Arrows" (2018) etc are still on the platform.
The OTT platforms like Netflix license TV shows and movies from studios around the world.
According to their help page, though Netflix strives to keep the titles that the audience wants to watch, some titles do leave the platform because of licensing agreements.
Whenever a TV show or movie license is expiring, we consider things such as:
Are the rights to the title still available?
How popular is it, and how much does it cost?
Seasonal and regional factors
If a TV show or movie is renewed, it remains on Netflix. If a title is not renewed, they'll give a heads up when it's about to leave.
So, every year some titles licensed by Netflix leave the platform, while some titles are added.
According to a fact check done by Reuters.com, a Netflix spokesman confirmed that it has not removed Christian titles from its streaming platform, nor does it plan to.
Furthermore, the platform is coming out with "A Week Away," a faith-based romance musical that takes place at a Christian summer camp on March 26, according to a description on its website.
Few other titles relating to Christianity are still available on the platform
Hence, the claim that Netflix is removing all the Christian movies from its platform is FALSE.