Days after sparking ire with a new, draconian password policy, one that wholly jettisoned the existence of college students, blended families and evidently even child cancer patients, it seems streaming giant Netflix learned a very important lesson about f**king around and finding out this week.
Earlier this week, the platform quietly backtracked its highly-controversial plan to crack down on password sharing with mandatory monthly logins from an account’s primary Wi-Fi, with one spokesperson alleging the changes to their official Password Sharing FAQ page as being no more than *checks notes* a big ‘ol mistake?
Netflix says their anti-password sharing measures were posted as an error and have removed the rule of subscribers having to verify their home devices every month from their website. pic.twitter.com/qHWRrQOSt7— Pop Base (@PopBase) February 3, 2023
“For a brief time yesterday, a help center article containing information that is only applicable to Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, went live in other countries,” a spokesperson for the platform told The Streamable amid the backlash, adding that while the aforementioned policy currently applies to the above nations, they ”have since updated” the FAQ page in question for users in other regions.
Bullying works pic.twitter.com/JDA7w2cBSB— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) February 3, 2023
thanks to netflix everyone born after 1998 is about to learn what a torrent is.— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) February 1, 2023
Netflix seen them tweets about torrenting and got in line QUICK— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@keyon) February 3, 2023
netflix about to lose the extremely profitable 18-25 demographic just because they don't come home from college every month lmao https://t.co/rhADmoYavs— lisa (@gaydeerinc) February 1, 2023
The spokesperson also reiterated that Netflix would clearly communicate any impending updates to password policies with its users — though it is unclear how that would differ from, you know, sharing the policy on the site’s official FAQ page.
Netflix — running because Rita Ora so boldly walked.