This might be the creepiest viewership statistic Netflix has ever shared

Andrew Cummings
December 13, 2017

"To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?" the tweet said. The tweet's a joke, but not a very amusing one if you consider what could easily lie ahead for consumers online: less privacy and more powerful corporations.

At first, fans seemed tickled by the tweet, but for a company that's notoriously private about its metrics and internal numbers, people couldn't help but pick up on a certain "Big Brothery" vibe to how (and why) it shared the information.

"Who hurt you?" the streaming giant wrote. 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.

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

The tone of the message is also drawing criticism.

Not every movie on Netflix is great.

Some are even comparing the tweet to bullying and saying the tweet shamed customers watching the feel-good movie. However, if you're into a more "scary" or genre-like movie, Netflix also has A Christmas Horror Story, Red Christmas, and Gremlins.

"The privacy of our members' viewing is important to us". The tweet in question got nearly 400,000 likes and more than 100,000 retweets too, so mission achieved.

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".

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