If a season of “One Tree Hill” falls in a Netflix forest, but no one remembers, did it really happen? This and other questions you may soon be grappling with, as Netflix has introduced a new feature that allows users to hide specific content from their viewing history.
Overall, this seems like a great development, both from a privacy standpoint, since many of us share accounts with family or friends, and from a curation standpoint, since we’re all frustrated Netflix hasn’t reached a level of sophistication where it knows we only put on “Dirty Dancing” as background noise while we clean our rooms, and are not in fact stuck on dance-themed melodramas. Theoretically, this could cause a devolution, as people stop taking any pride in their viewing histories as representations of themselves. But was an electronic record of binge-watching ever anyone’s proudest achievement? No.
The deletions can be made in the “Viewing Activity” section of your Netflix profile. The service is also reportedly testing a beta privacy mode on some users which would provide the option to prevent any selections from ever being logged into your activity feed.
And now that you are in full control of your of shaming, what Netflix movies or seasons of TV shows have you found yourself falling down the digital rabbit hole to watch? Confess below. [EW]