Bryan ClarkFormer Managing Editor, TNW
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Yesterday Netflix freaked out some subsets of internet culture with a relatively harmless tweet some are now calling ‘creepy.’ The tweet read:
To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017
‘A Christmas Prince,’ starring… doesn’t matter, you’ve never heard of them, is a Netflix original about an undercover reporter that… again, doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it’s another cheesy Christmas movie premise, only this time with royal douchery weaved ever-so-seamlessly throughout the plot. So seamless, in fact, one IMDB reviewer had the following to say:
Not good. Not unless you are a moron.
The two stars represent the fact that this film makes for a fantastic drinking game this festive season.
Take a drink every time:
- You see something incredibly cliche
- You can see plot points and “twists” coming from 10,000 miles away
But the awful movie wasn’t what drew criticism from Netflix’s Twitter followers, it was the fact that they, somehow, had no idea Netflix could monitor the viewing history of its users.
So unknown creepy Netflix staff have access to your viewing data, use it to creep on you, laugh at you, maybe publicly. I guess it's like video store staff, except a massive database means it's easier for creepy Netflix staff to find and creep on individual people they know. https://t.co/JUlAau4xkQ
— ben goldacre (@bengoldacre) December 11, 2017
Anyone else find it concerning that Netflix is talking about peoples' watching habits? Doesn't it seem a little creepy to anyone else?
— Danny Wiseau (@TrueNugget) December 11, 2017
This is truly creepy. @netflix, what do you do with data? And who runs your social media accounts? https://t.co/cfAxlnt0Nx
— Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (@gaylelemmon) December 11, 2017
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