Netflix revealed this week its plans to crack down on password sharing… and the internet is having a field day.
An old tweet from the streaming giant’s official Twitter account has resurfaced leaving users more confused than ever on Netflix’s actual stance on password sharing.
The tweet from March 10, 2017 reads, ‘Love is sharing a password.’
Love is sharing a password.
— Netflix (@netflix) March 10, 2017
The resurfacing of the tweet that didn’t age well comes a day after Netflix announced it would soon require its users to live in the same household as the primary account holder, and even be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to keep streaming your favourite shows.
If users are consistently accessing a Netflix account from outside the main household, which is tracked using IP addresses, device IDs and account activity, the account is at risk of being blocked. Another way to keep your account from being blocked is to log in at least once every 31 days on the primary household’s Wi-Fi network.
Latin American countries such as Chile, Costa Rica and Peru are currently being targeted with the new rules as password sharing over there was particularly common. Users there are now paying an extra fee per month for additional accounts on one password.
The US could be on the list as soon as the first quarter of 2023.
It’s not known when the new rules will be rolled out in Australia, but The Guardian predicted the cost to be $AU4 extra a month.
Anyway, Twitter users cracked down on Netflix for the now-super-contradicting tweet. Here’s some of the best:
— UNO (@realUNOgame) February 2, 2023
— Tom Zohar (@TomZohar) February 1, 2023
— 𝑆𝐼𝐴𝑁 𝑇𝐻𝑌𝑀𝐸𝑆 🥂 (@SianThymes) February 2, 2023
— Public Enemies Podcast (@TheEnemiesPE3) February 2, 2023