Netflix accused of spying on users after 'creepy' tweet


Netflix knows how many times its users have watched "A Christmas Prince", and it's making fun of people on Twitter for it. Now, the streaming giant is defending itself.

As such, whenever a user browses through a list of shows on Netflix and previews some of them, his/her viewing pattern is picked up by AI tools employed by Netflix wich then recommends new shows to the user.

Now, Netflix has responded to the criticism and confirmed that the figure refers to collated trends and not individual viewing habits.

The snarky tweet raised questions about how closely Netflix is monitoring its customers viewing habits, and what it's doing with that information (as well as made everybody rather curious about this Christmas Prince thing - what do those 53 people know that the rest of us don't? - which was undoubtedly the whole point as the Hallmark-style film was produced by Netflix).

"Netflix proves that Big Brother Is watching", tweeted one irate viewer.

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Last night, Netflix waded into the choppy waters of corporate brand tweeting, and in doing so, they accidentally reminded us all why we're kind of scared of corporations in 2017.

Not good. Not unless you are a moron.

For those in the dark, the romantic comedy is described by the sharing service as, "Christmas comes early for an aspiring young journalist when she's sent overseas to get the scoop on a dashing prince who's poised to be king".

'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. Now, Netflix has everyone talking about its original holiday movie and checking it out on social media - which was undoubtedly its goal in the first place. But in my experience working at tech companies, it's not infrequent that sensitive material and broad access was available even to low-level employees-look at the third-party contractor who was able to turn off Trump's Twitter account for ten glorious minutes and the lack of safeguards therein.

There were some users, however, who seemed happy to engage with the streaming site's tweet, snapping back with their own witty replies, and even joining the Netflix account in a war of words in some cases. Maybe it's not about hurting, Netflix.