Very briefly Wednesday afternoon, Netflix made the first 10 episodes of “House of Cards” Season 3 available to stream. Within minutes of the discovery, however, they removed them.
Social media quickly exploded with notifications, wondering whether the impromptu debut was actually just an early release tactic meant as a surprise gift for fans or, the more likely scenario, a leak. Shortly after the episodes were pulled from the site, the “House of Cards” official Twitter page confirmed the “leak.”
MSNBC reporter Julia Boorstin said the leak was caused by a “bug in the system.”
Netflix confirmed the leak to Indiewire, calling it a “technical glitch” and reiterating the third season will return February 27 for its official release. Keep checking in for more details on the short-lived event with lasting repercussions — we’ll be on Netflix clicking “refresh.”