Netflix has announced that it will edit several scenes in “Squid Game” that show a phone number, following the revelation that the number actually belongs to a real person in this town who has been inundated with messages and phone calls from viewers.
“Together with the production company (Siren Pictures), we are working to resolve this matter, including editing scenes showing the phone number where necessary,” citing the company, The Korea Times reported.
In several scenes in which cash-strapped people receive a business card inviting them to the deadly survival game, the breakout hit series used a real eight-digit phone number.
The owner of the phone number shown in Netflix ‘Squid Game’ scenes, as well as others with similar numbers, have claimed that their privacy has been violated since the series’ September 17 release.
“Since the release of ‘Squid Game,’ I have been bombarded with calls and text messages and it’s impossible to live a normal life. Many people who have watched the series call me day and night to say they want to join the game, and my phone battery runs out in less than half a day,” the owner of the phone number said in an interview with a local media outlet.
“The stress from incessant prank calls is driving me crazy,”Another person, whose phone number differs from the one in the series by only one digit, posted a screen capture of their phone call records on social media.
When asked over the phone by The Korea Times, Netflix Korea asked viewers to refrain from calling or texting the number, but did not comment on the progress in compensating the owner of the phone number.
According to the report, “Squid Game” has topped Netflix’s list of series in all 83 countries where the company offers the over-the-top (OTT) service.