A South Korean woman who was deluged with 1000’s of prank calls and textual content messages after her phone number was highlighted as a key plot level in Netflix’s (NFLX.O) hit present “Squid Game” might quickly get some reduction.
Netflix and native manufacturing firm Siren Pictures stated on Wednesday they might edit scenes to take away the phone number, which seems on a mysterious invitation card given to potential gamers of a sequence of lethal youngsters’s video games. learn extra
The nine-part thriller depicting cash-strapped contestants taking part in to the dying in a bid to win 45.6 billion received ($38.31 million) turned a global hit when it premiered on the streaming service final month. learn extra
Local broadcaster SBS aired an interview final month with the proprietor of the phone number, who they recognized as Kim Gil-young, a woman who runs a enterprise within the southeastern county of Seongju. The woman confirmed a number of the messages she had obtained, together with requests for invites to be a part of the Squid Game and go “from rags to riches”.
Reuters’ calls to the phone number weren’t answered on Wednesday.
“Together with the manufacturing firm, we’re working to resolve this matter, together with enhancing scenes with phone numbers the place obligatory,” Netflix stated on Wednesday, asking followers to chorus from prank calls or messages.
The woman informed SBS final month that it was not possible for her to change her number due to consumer contacts and she or he had declined a proposal of 1 million received ($840) in compensation. SBS has reported that she has since been provided compensation of up to 5 million received.
Netflix and Siren Pictures declined to touch upon any compensation provides on Wednesday.
Presidential candidate Huh Kyung-young made headlines final week when he provided 100 million received ($84,023) on Facebook to purchase the leaked number on the present.
Telephone numbers are thought-about restricted nationwide assets and gross sales or buy of such is illegitimate below the nation’s telecommunications enterprise legislation.
The tradition ministry’s Korean Film Council provides moviemakers display screen numbers that aren’t utilized in actual life, however TV exhibits streamed on over-the-top (OTT) providers like Netflix don’t have entry to that service.
Netflix and Siren had stated earlier they intentionally solely confirmed the ultimate eight digits of the cellular phone number, and have been unaware that, when dialled, the prefix would routinely be added to full the number.