Netflix said it hopes to stop prank calls by editing visible phone numbers
A man in Korea, whose phone number was affixed to a business card, was handed over to contestants who were “playing their way through”.squid game“In the hit Netflix series, he said he was filled with calls and texts from eager viewers of the show to see if the points were actually legit.
“After Squid Game aired, I have been receiving calls and texts continuously 24/7, to such an extent that it is difficult for me to carry on with my daily life,” said the owner of the number. said koreabu in an interview. “It’s a number I’ve been using for over 10 years, so I’m quite surprised.”
The number-holder claimed he had to remove more than 4,000 phone numbers from his device, adding: “It’s to the point where people, out of their curiosity, are reaching out without a sense of day and night, my phone’s battery.” gets drained and shuts down.”
“Squid Game” is a South Korean survival series currently offered at the streaming giant.
While the eight-digit phone number in the show appears relative to its region without the three prefix digits required to make the call, those digits would be added automatically if the number was dialed locally.
A source familiar with the viral response told Granthshala News on Wednesday that Netflix “has decided to edit the scenes with the phone numbers in question, which will hopefully prevent unfortunate prank calls.”
“Squid Game” focuses on a group of 456 people from all walks of life. However, they each have one thing in common. They are all in dire financial situations. They are all invited to participate in a series of children’s games such as “Red Light, Green Light” in hopes of winning massive cash prizes.
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However, it soon becomes clear that the result of any of these children losing a game is a brutal and untimely death. Many have compared the nine-episode series to “The Hunger Games,” “Black Mirror” and, due in large part to its commentary on the economic inequality ravaging the world (particularly South Korea), 2020 Best picture “Parasite”.
Korea Times Too informed of That someone else has experienced a similar instance as their phone number has a one digit difference from the number used in the show and they have also received multiple calls.
According to Luck“Squid Game” reached #1 in the US just four days after its release. It is expected to be viewed by over 82 million customers worldwide in the first 28 days.
The outlet notes that, compared to traditional TV, this exceeds the number of 18- to 49-year-olds estimated by Nielsen to have watched the 40 highest-rated broadcast and cable shows of the past year combined.
Besides proving that streaming is definitely taking over as the preferred method of content digestion, it also proves that the “squid game” is a hit.
Granthshala Business’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.