People are threatening to cancel their Netflix subscriptions after former UN Ambassador Susan Rice was named to its board

Susan Rice.

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Susan Rice.
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  • Former UN Ambassador Susan Rice was named to the Netflix board of directors on Wednesday.
  • This led to outrage on social media, with some threatening to cancel their Netflix subscriptions.
  • The anger primarily stemmed from previous (incorrect) comments Rice made about the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

On Wednesday, former UN Ambassador Susan Rice was named to the Netflix board of directors, leaving some customers outraged by the choice and threatening to cancel their Netflix memberships.

“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement on Wednesday. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”

But critics of Rice disagreed with Hastings’ characterization, and they voiced their displeasure on social media platforms like Twitter, where Rice was called a “liar” and a “criminal” by various users.

Why did the appointment of Rice lead to such anger?

Days after the September 11, 2012, attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, then-UN Ambassador Rice went on the Sunday news shows and said the attack was due to protests over a US-made YouTube video. GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona suggested Rice was part of a political cover-up heading into the November presidential elections.

The Obama administration later said the attack was a pre-planned terrorist act and not a protest that turned violent. The attack led to four Americans being killed, including US Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.

Since then, Rice’s name has provoked the instant rage of many, especially US conservatives.

Here are a few examples of people who have spoken out on Twitter against the appointment, some of whom threatened to cancel the streaming service or have used the hashtag #BoycottNetflix:

Business Insider contacted Netflix for comment but did not receive an immediate response.