Last week Netflix published a detailed list of rules, with which the streamer planned to fight against users sharing one account to watch content.
The rules forbade sharing one’s password with others and introduced verification of devices based on the user’s place of residence through connection to the same Internet network. That is, devices connected to the account from a different IP, provider and location should be blocked.
Innovations, of course, were perceived negatively by Netflix subscribers, because they can create difficulties not only for those who share the password. It’s hard to say if the backlash from users had any effect, but after publishing the rules, Netflix said it was a technical error.
“For a brief time yesterday, a help center article containing information that is only applicable to Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru went live in other countries,” Netflix said, “We have since updated it.”
The new password rules have indeed disappeared from the streaming service’s site for all countries except Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, but it’s not yet clear if Netflix plans to revise them in any way. After all, so far the company has not publicly abandoned measures to combat account sharing, which it previously planned to start in most markets starting from March.