Netflix removed the video at the request of the Saudi government, which said it violated a Saudi law prohibiting distribution of content that impinges on public order, religious values, or public morals.
But it remained available outside of Saudi Arabia.
And Saudi censorship boosted Minhaj's profile in the United States.
Free-speech purists would like companies to do more to fight censorship in repressive countries like Saudi Arabia.
But there's a risk that a vigorous defense of free speech could get a company like Netflix banned from countries like Saudi Arabia altogether, which could be an even worse outcome for freedom of speech.