Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Netflix Creepily Trolls 53 Fans Watching 'Christmas Prince', Twitter Claps Back

Netflix Creepily Trolls 53 Fans Watching 'Christmas Prince', Twitter Claps Back

The streaming service might not release viewership numbers to the public (although Nielsen is trying to figure it out), but every so often, they'll give a hint as to who's watching, and how much.

Meanwhile, Netflix Canada took it one step further, changing its Twitter display name to "Netflix 'Have You Seen A Christmas Prince?' Canada".

Netflix needs to educate millions of subscribers about what data it collects, how user data is protected, and how it balances statistical data collection with privacy rights.

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But the terrible 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.

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But the following tweet easily qualifies as the creepiest thing Netflix ever said.

Aiming to seize on its success and highlight Netflix's data-gathering ability, the service tweeted on Sunday that 53 people had watched A Christmas Prince every day for 18 days, adding the kicker, "Who hurt you?"

On Tuesday, the streaming company defended a tweet that was criticized for being "creepy".

Netflix told Sky News: "The privacy of our members' viewing is important to us".

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A Christmas Prince is a Netflix original holiday-themed romantic comedy that our own Lea Palmieri called "cheesy, hopeful, a little bit ridiculous, and overall as warm and toasty as the fireplace you're watching it next to".

We all know that our Netflix subscription probably knows more about us than even our closest friends.

-How many employees have access to people's viewing habits?

Some are even comparing the tweet to bullying and saying the tweet shamed customers watching the feel-good movie. Maybe let's keep this stuff to ourselves, Netflix, and off of social media.

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