A Big Win for Reed Hastings and Netflix Stockholders

Chalk one up for Reed Hastings. Months after he posted what regulators considered material information for Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) stockholders to Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) , the Securities and Exchange Commission now says that such disclosures are legal.

Going forward, large-scale networks such as Facebook and Twitter will count as much as a press release when it comes to informing investors. You'd think that would be good news. Yet as of this writing, neither Facebook's nor Netflix's stock price has recovered from recent sell-offs.

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  • Report this Comment On April 05, 2013, at 8:17 PM, ibuildthings wrote:

    Seems like a bad ruling for shareholders of anything. Here is why: Facebook is a membership organization where you have to give personal details that they can turn around and sell (betray) your information to others. And if you have one of those accounts, now everyone who knows you wants to "connect". If you don't want your whole life's details on the Internet, this means you have to insult your friends and do without news on your investments. I can deal with my friends. But the regulators and courts should respect our choices not to show up on line enough not to require you to get a Facebook account just to know what your NFLX shares are doing.

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