The sharing tool announced Wednesday is rolling out 18 months after Netflix Inc. introduced the feature to its 6 million international subscribers.
Netflix withheld the tool in the U.S.to avoid breaking a 1988 law that banned the disclosure of video rental records without a customer's written consent. After several years of lobbying, the Lost Gatos, Calif., company persuaded Congress to revise the law so that subscribers could choose to activate a video-sharing feature.
If the sharing tool is turned on, Netflix subscribers will see new rows within their accounts showing what their Facebook friends have been watching.
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