Netflix to change the phone number for squid game


After her phone number was highlighted as a crucial narrative piece in Netflix’s blockbuster program Squid Game, a South Korean lady was bombarded with hundreds of prank calls and text messages.
The phone number appears on a mystery invitation card given to potential players in a series of fatal children’s games. Netflix and local production firm Siren Pictures stated on Wednesday (Oct 6) that they will edit sequences to remove them.
When it launched on the streaming site last month, the nine-part drama featuring cash-strapped competitors battling to the death in a quest to win 45.6 billion won (S$51.9 million) became a worldwide success.
Last month, the owner of the phone number, identified as Ms. Kim Gil-young, a lady who owns a company in the south-eastern county of Seongju, was interviewed by local channel SBS.
The woman displayed some of the messages she had received, including invitations to participate in the Squid Game and go “from rags to riches.”
“We’re trying to fix this problem with the production company, including editing sequences with phone numbers when required,” Netflix stated on Wednesday, asking fans to desist from making prank calls or sending messages. Last month, the lady told SBS that she couldn’t alter her phone number because of client relationships, and she turned down a settlement offer of one million won. According to SBS, she has subsequently been given up to five million won in compensation.
On Wednesday, both Netflix and Siren Pictures declined to comment on any compensation offers. Huh Kyung-young, a presidential contender, made news last week when he offered 100 million won on Facebook to buy the show’s leaked number.


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