After Netflix Inquiry, SEC Clears Companies to Disclose Info Via Social Media


The Securities and Exchange Commission is not pursuing any enforcement action against Netflix CEO Reed Hastings for posting corporate news on his Facebook page, and instead is giving the green light to public companies to make use of social media to disclose information as long as investors know that is where they should turn.

The SEC had launched an inquiry in July after Hastings posted on his personal Facebook page that Netflix had streamed 1 billion hours of content in the month of June, a first for the company. At issue was whether that was a violation of SEC regulations prohibiting public companies from selectively disclosing material. The SEC requires that such a disclosure be made “through a recognized channel of distribution.”

Hastings, the SEC said, had not previously used his Facebook page to announce company metrics, and the company had not alerted investors that his page would be a…

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