The Guardian: Indian move to regulate digital media raises censorship fears

The Guardian: Indian move to regulate digital media raises censorship fears. “India’s government has ordered that all online news, social media and video streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are to be subject to state regulation, raising fears of increased censorship of digital media.”

TheWrap: Facebook Criticizes Netflix Doc ‘The Social Dilemma’ for ‘Distorted View’ of Social Media Issues

TheWrap: Facebook Criticizes Netflix Doc ‘The Social Dilemma’ for ‘Distorted View’ of Social Media Issues. “The tech giant, in an un-bylined company blog post, pushed back against several claims in the film, including that it’s built to incentivize users to spend more time on the platform. Facebook said that its algorithms are designed to improve the user experience and showcase content users may find interesting — something Netflix also does with its own recommendation algorithm, Facebook noted.”

The Film Stage: Watch Movies Side-by-Side with Screenplay with New Extension for Netflix

The Film Stage: Watch Movies Side-by-Side with Screenplay with New Extension for Netflix. “The new tool ScreenplaySubs created by Egan Bisma is a nifty extension for Chrome and Firefox which a viewer can install, then head here for a list of films to watch on Netflix to toggle the screenplay on and off for select films. While more movies will be added on a weekly basis, the first batch includes The Social Network, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, Marriage Story, The Irishman, Zodiac, and Silver Linings Playbook (it looks Uncut Gems, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Steve Jobs are on their way too).”

Reuters: Indonesia imposes 10% VAT on Amazon, Google, Netflix and Spotify

Reuters: Indonesia imposes 10% VAT on Amazon, Google, Netflix and Spotify. “Indonesia imposed a 10% value-added tax on sales by technology firms including Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Google on Tuesday, as spending patterns shift with increased remote working as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has hit state finances.”

MakeUseOf: Netflix Will Now Cancel Your Account Unless You Use It

MakeUseOf: Netflix Will Now Cancel Your Account Unless You Use It. “If you pay for Netflix but don’t actually use the streaming service, you should probably cancel your subscription. After all, that’s several dollars leaving your account each month for nothing. Just like a gym membership for people who no longer work out. However, even if you don’t cancel your own Netflix you may have it cancelled for you. This is because Netflix has announced it’s going to start cancelling inactive accounts automatically in order to stop people spending money on something they don’t use.”

IGN India: Netflix Party Launches As A Google Chrome Extension

IGN India: Netflix Party Launches As A Google Chrome Extension. “You can still have a party despite social distancing, and Netflix has the perfect way for you to jam. The streaming giant launched a chrome extension that allows you and your compadres to watch Netflix shows and movies together right from the comfort of your own homes.”

VentureBeat: DoNotPay now lets you share online subscriptions without divulging your password

VentureBeat: DoNotPay now lets you share online subscriptions without divulging your password. “DoNotPay, the digital lawyer that shot to prominence for its bot that helps drivers appeal parking tickets, has launched a new product aimed at consumers. With the DoNotPay Subscription Sharing Chrome extension, anyone can share access to their online accounts — like Spotify, Netflix, Disney+ — without divulging their password.”

MakeUseOf: The Netflix Secret Codes Cheat Sheet

MakeUseOf: The Netflix Secret Codes Cheat Sheet. “As a Netflix user, one of the main dilemmas you probably face is deciding what to watch. Yes, there are apps and websites to help you find interesting content on Netflix. But what if you have niche interests or want to watch content from an ultra-specific genre? How do you narrow down your choices then? Netflix itself can come to your rescue here with its collection of secret categories.”

Lifehacker: Add IMDB Ratings and Show Info to Netflix With This Extension

Lifehacker: Add IMDB Ratings and Show Info to Netflix With This Extension. “When you’re trying to find something to watch on Netflix, sometimes you want to know what others outside of Netflix thought about the show. That’s where zRate can help. The Chrome extension brings in rating info from IMDB and occasionally Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, and offers information about the program’s plot, and the main cast from the same sites.”

Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts

Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts. “One of the benefits of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon is that you don’t need to deal with ads. This is because while they do sometimes feel like regular television, they are not, and as such, aren’t necessarily subjected to the same requirements of television. This includes broadcasting emergency alerts in the form of Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI).”

Engadget: Netflix test brings human-curated ‘Collections’ to streaming

Engadget: Netflix test brings human-curated ‘Collections’ to streaming. “Netflix leans on algorithms for virtually all of its show suggestions, but it’s trying something radical: curation from real, honest-to-goodness humans. The service is testing expert-crafted Collections that, much like music playlists, offer selections based around certain themes. You can check out a collection of light-hearted fare if you’re looking for relief from a stressful week, or go for prizewinning titles if you only want critically-praised pieces.”

Poynter: Netflix’s algorithms seem to be a new entry point for conspiracy theories. Be aware!

Poynter: Netflix’s algorithms seem to be a new entry point for conspiracy theories. Be aware!. “When the spread of disinformation became a major topic of debate in late 2016, it was discussed mainly in reference to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. In the following months, serious problems related to the diffusion of pseudoscientific beliefs, conspiracy theories and disinformation emerged on YouTube and WhatsApp. Until now, the popular video streaming service Netflix had managed to stay out of the picture. Not anymore.”

Simplemost: This Website Helps You Find Streaming Content Based On How You’re Feeling

Simplemost: This Website Helps You Find Streaming Content Based On How You’re Feeling. “A new website called Moodrise 1000 has pulled together 1,000 hours of content from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu and categorized them into ‘feelings’ organized by neurotransmitters — the brain chemicals that correlate to specific mood states.”