Although your activity on Instagram, Spotify and countless websites is fair game for sharing on Facebook, Netflix has been unable to get in on this so-called "frictionless sharing" thanks to an obscure 1988 law that bans the publication of an individual's video rental history. Until now.
Yesterday congress passed a law that clears the way for Netflix to allow the sharing of its users' activity on social media, thanks in no small part to the company's (and Facebook's) aggressive lobbying. Now all that remains is for the president to sign it.
“We are pleased the Senate has moved quickly to modernize the VPPA [Video Privacy Protection Act], giving consumers more freedom to share with friends when they want," a PR rep for Netflix said in a statement. "After the President signs the bill, we will introduce social features for our U.S. members in 2013.”
In other countries, Netflix has incorporated social features for some time. Now its your turn to bare your four-star Glitter rating for all.