Hulu Launches, Shuts Down Facebook Feature5 Jul, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey
Less than 24 hours after launch, Hulu shut down its Facebook Connect feature July 1, after some users had their personal information compromised.
Hulu said the issue affected approximately 50 users and was due to a technical error, not hacking. No credit card information was compromised, Hulu said.
“In the process of rolling out our Facebook Connect integration with Hulu, we discovered a technical issue affecting a limited number of users who connected to Hulu through Facebook,” Jonathan Au, Hulu product manager, wrote in a blog post. “As soon as we learned of this issue, we immediately went into rapid response mode to find out the extent of the problem and to take steps to protect our users and ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
When it relaunches, the Facebook feature will allow Hulu subscribers to share a specific clip of video on Facebook and will allow users to log into Hulu or create a new Hulu account via Facebook.
Meanwhile, on July 5 Hulu announced that its Hulu Plus service would be available on some LG Electronics LCD HDTVs, with support for LG’s Magic Motion remote feature. Hulu said it would roll out support for other LG devices in the next few weeks.