Netflix’s ‘sensitivity’ revisions of the Roald Dahl books is a result of market concentration and Australia will need new rules to cope, a minister said.
Roald Dahl rewrite shows need for new digital rules
The rollout of new “sensitivity” editions of the Roald Dahl books by Netflix is a symptom of poor market competition, assistant minister Andrew Leigh says.
Dr Leigh, who is in charge of competition policy, used the recent Dahl affair to highlight power imbalances in a concentrated digital technology market.
“It was revealed that hundreds of words have been changed or removed in new editions of Roald Dahl books, in an attempt to make them more inclusive,” he said in a speech delivery to Monash University on Friday.
“Children are no longer described as ‘fat’. Some references to ‘mothers’ and ‘fathers’ have become ‘parents’ and ‘family’.