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Netflix will add more social features to its popular streaming media service in the U.S. starting next year.
The company confirmed they have been cleared to add social functionality after Congress passed a bill dropping restrictions in the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) hat allow companies to share users' video rental history.
"We are pleased the Senate has moved quickly to modernize the VPPA, giving consumers more freedom to share with friends when they want," says Netflix in a statement.
The revisions await President Obama's signature before becoming law.
The lifted restrictions would allow a Netflix user to share movies they watched on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
During Facebook's F8 Conference in 2011, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings discussed a Facebook app where users could share recent movies or TV shows they've rented. Hastings cited an "outdated privacy law" as the reason why a Netflix app hasn't launched on Facebook.
The social features will be available to users in the U.S. in 2013.
Brett Molina, USA Today
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