Brett Molina, USA TODAY

Netflix is expected to include more social features to its popular streaming media service in the U.S. starting next year.

According to a Talking Points Memo report, Netflix has been cleared to add social functionality after Congress passed a bill dropping restrictions on companies to share their video rental history. The bill awaits President Obama's signature before becoming official.

The lifted restrictions would allow a Netflix user to share movies they watched on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

During Facebook's F8 Conference in 2011, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings discussed a Facebook app where users could share recent movies or TV shows they've rented. Hastings cited an "outdated privacy law" as the reason why a Netflix app hasn't launched on Facebook.

Netflix tells Talking Points Memo the social features will be available to users in the U.S. in 2013.

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