It’s entirely possible I missed it. It happens! Sometimes things slip by my burning gaze. However, I was a little startled to see, as I watched another episode of Misfits, that a new button appeared on the Hulu player, asking who I would like to share this video with. The default option: Everyone. Everyone you say?
Yes, everyone. As it turns out, Hulu has a public feed of all the shows you’ve watched. Provided you have a profile on Hulu, of course. And if you have Hulu Plus, you do.
I will be as forthcoming as I can. I am unsure of exactly when this popped up. My feed goes back about a month, but it’s unclear if that’s when it started, or if it retroactively published the last month of my backlog. However, it’s worth noting that at no point have I clicked anything saying I wish to publish my activity for all the internet to see. Full disclosure, I share this account with another computer in my household. Everyone in my home who’s used it, though, also says they’ve never seen any such permissions box.
I would legitimately like to know. We’ve heard scattered responses, saying that this behavior has been in place for a while, and confirmed that public is the default behavior. We’ve reached out to Hulu for comment, but have not heard back at time of writing.