Netflix tests new ‘incognito mode’ to keep your embarrassing viewing habits private


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If you’ve been dying to experiment with My Little Pony, but were simply too embarrassed everyone on your Netflix account would think less of you, hope may loom on the horizon.

In an interview with GigaOM, a Netflix spokesperson revealed the streaming video service is currently testing a new feature tailored to those who wish to keep their viewing habits private. It’s called “Privacy Mode” and the option will prevent recently watched movies or shows out of their recently viewed list. It’s hard to imagine how Netflix didn’t think of this sooner. Just keep in mind selecting the option also means Netflix will no longer be able to recommend videos based on what you watch, a perk we’re sure many of you wouldn’t mind forfeiting.

Of course, this new feature is only in its testing phase and could be scrapped altogether depending on feedback. In an age where everything we do online is being watched and tracked, having the option for added privacy is always a good thing.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Does this mean that Netflix is adding porn? :)

    1. Their subscription would increase 10 fold

      1. Yay!! Now all the people on the metro bus think I’m crazy for laughing out loud at this. LoL!!

    2. I was thinking the same thing.

    3. When it first came out they had it.

  2. I’m sure the Bronies appreciate that.

    1. Thought they were meant to be loud and proud?

  3. Thank you Netflix!!!!

  4. Finally! My kids won’t have to see the Human Centipede in the recently played list.

  5. Dude, “My Little Pony”… That’s just sick!

    1. Your response is very expected.

  6. Which HTC phone is that?! It looks like a mini M8.

    1. M8.

  7. Now I can watch the greatest love story of all time ….I’m looking at you the notebook… In peace..Broke back mountain!!!

  8. I would rather Netflix make a way that you can use it when you put your browser in privacy/incognito mode. Still don’t understand why some sites let you watch video in privacy mode (showtimeanytime & fox) and others you can’t (netflix & hbo).

  9. I’ve seen this before on chromecasting videos? Has it existed there already and just moving to regular viewing now?

    1. only you would know if you’ve seen it on chromecasting videos, whatever those are. I’m not sure why you are asking everyone else.

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