The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Virginia) that would allow Facebook users to opt-in to authorise a video-sharing app online for sharing viewing histories with friends.
Facebook members can share a lot of things with each other, including music, Amazon.com purchases, books and other media, and it released 60 more new sharing apps last week. Suspiciously missing: online video viewing.
"Unfortunately, U.S. members can not currently connect their Netflix accounts to Facebook because of the ambiguous Video Privacy Protection Act. We hope this will change soon," Netflix said in a statement last month. Hulu, Vudu, Amazon and any other streaming provider will be in the same boat, thanks to the 1988 privacy law that says that a video provider cannot make public viewing history or habits. The Senate is expected to soon take up House Resolution 2471 to amend the law. It is in the Judiciary Committee for now.