Netflix may be moving to stop users sharing passwords
Some Netflix users who were apparently tapping into other people's accounts turned to Twitter to share news of an apparent crackdown along with posts of a notice telling them they need to be subscribers to keep watching the service.
Netflix included an offer to try the service free for 30 days, according to a copy posted at Twitter.
"Oh no, Netflix doing the purge?" the Twitter user wrote in the post.
Netflix offers to verify who is trying to log into an account by sending a code via text message or email to the subscriber to confirm the user lives with them.
"This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so," a Netflix spokesperson is quoted as telling US media outlets including The Streamable, which broke the news.
It was not certain the test of the account-user check would turn into a crackdown on password sharing across the service.
People stuck at home due to the pandemic have turned to the internet for entertainment from streaming television to online video game play.