Netflix has been forced to remove scenes from Squid Game after real telephone numbers shown are being contacted, resulting in innocent people being harassed.
The South Korean hit series has come under fire after it included several scenes in which telephone numbers are shown on screen.
Although the number one trending Netflix show is quite clearly a fictional show (thank god) people have been calling the numbers on screen which are, bizarrely, real working numbers - one of which belonging to a Korean man, as per The Independent.
The anonymous man has reportedly been receiving thousands of nuisance calls every day.
He told Money Today: "It has come to the point where people are reaching out day and night due to their curiosity.
"It drains my phone's battery and it turns off."
Netflix has reportedly tried to put an end to this strange situation, in order to protect his privacy.
"Together with the production company, we are working to resolve this matter, including editing scenes with phone numbers where necessary," a spokesperson told The Independent.
However, what's even weirder is that according to News.com.au, the shots are still visible for Australian users.
Meanwhile, Netflix is actually being sued by a South Korean internet provider because Squid Game is just 'too popular'.
The show is on track to be Netflix's most popular series ever, but, according to Reuters, as reported by the Daily Mail, the South Korean service provider, SK Broadband, is suing Netflix over increased traffic.
SK Broadband alleges that traffic from Netflix on its network has increased 24-fold from May 2018 to September 2021.
Daily Mail says that it is now processing a mega 1.2 trillion bits of data per second as of September, which turns out to be the same month that Squid Game was released (17 Sept).
The internet provider wants Netflix to pay for network access dating back to 2018. For 2020 alone, that amount was estimated to be around 27.2 billion won ($31.55million AUD).
In a statement to CNBC on Friday, a spokesperson for Netflix said: "We will review the claim that SK Broadband has filed against us.
"In the meantime, we continue to seek the open dialogue and explore ways of working with SK Broadband in order to ensure a seamless streaming experience for our shared customers."
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