Netflix Tweet Sparks 'Big Brother' Fears Over How It Follows Customer Viewing Habits
It all started when the streaming service tweeted: "To the 53 people who've watched 'A Christmas Prince' every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?"
Is Netflix turning into Big Brother?
The popular streaming service revealed in a recent tweet that it knows everything you're watching at home, and in some cases, will give you a hard time about it.
The company poked fun at subscribers who have watched a little known holiday film A Christmas Prince over and over.
The streaming service tweeted Sunday: “To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?”
"I think there are two things that created the uproar about Netflix. No. 1, most of us don’t think about how much information they have about our viewing, how we do it, what time we do it," attorney Perry Aftab told Inside Edition. "No. 2, it was a slap in the face for people who are watching content they are providing."
Some subscribers are calling it "creepy."
"Netflix proves that Big Brother Is watching," tweeted one irate viewer.
Others have expressed displeasure that the service would actually poke fun at their TV choices.
"If people are buying your product, the last thing you want to do is mock them for using it," Aftab added.
Netflix also released data showing that one viewer actually watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl for 365 days straight.
They also revealed in their year-end review that another subscriber watched the animated Jerry Seinfeld film Bee Movie 357 times this year.
"The privacy of our members' viewing is important to us," Netflix said in a statement to Inside Edition. "This information represents overall viewing trends, not the personal viewing information of specific, identified individuals."
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