Kim Martin Morrow is not the CEO of Netflix. On September 16, a Facebook post went viral alleging that Morrow was the CEO of Netflix and was arrested on charges of child pornography. The fake news came four days after a fake news spread that Netflix’s true co-CEO Reed Hastings was arrested by the FBI on charges of child pornography.
There is no Kim Martin Morrow listed as a board member of Netflix. Heavy reached out to the broadcast giant for comment. Hastings is the co-CEO of Netflix with Ted Sarandos, who also acts as the company’s head of content.
Kim Martin Morrow Arrest & Charge
The first mention of Morrow’s name came on September 13 in a Facebook post by a guy named Benjamin Shoch. Shoch sent a post to another person reading:
- Kim Martin Morrow the CEO of Netflix has just been charged with 15 charges for child pornography and 31,000 files have been found on his personal computers for child porn from ages 8 and as young as toddlers. So, I think the investigation was needed. #SaveOurChildren.
At the time of writing, it was shared 30,000 times. It has also been shared multiple times on Twitter. The post was linked to an article in which Texas Senator Ted Cruz joined calls for a Justice Department investigation for Netflix regarding the release of the movie Cuties.
Cuties is a critically acclaimed French teen drama. Deadline described the film as “aimed at sexualizing the girls of society through a community of 11-year-old girls.” In September 2020, the film’s director Maimouna Doucoure told Deadline that she received death threats after the film was released. Numerous petitions demanding removal of the movie from Netflix library gathered millions of signatures on Change.org.
Fake news featuring Hastings, 59, claimed that they had 13,000 child pornography files on their computers. The fake story was spread by a website called Toronto Today. At the time of writing, the story has been removed from the Toronto Today website. The details in Hastings’ story were the same as in the May 2019 arrest of Douglas Saltsman of Utah, who became the CEO of a “computer systems design business,” according to ABC4 News.