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Thousands of people have attempted to call a phone number featured on the popular Netflix show, Squid Game.
The TV show based on a dystopian competition is said to be on its way to becoming the streaming platform’s biggest non-English speaking show after making its Netflix debut last month.
As to what the TV show is about, Squid Game is a Korean thriller largely focused on the character Seong Gi-Hun (played by Lee Jung-jae), who is addicted to gambling and therefore in a lot of debt.
In a bid to pay off his debt, he agrees to compete in Squid Game alongside 455 others in the hopes of winning a jaw-dropping KRW 45.6 billion.
While the show has proven popular with viewers across the globe, one person who isn’t Squid Games' biggest fan is the owner of the telephone number that’s featured on it.
The digits are shown on a business card that is given to Seong Gi-Hun in Squid Game’s first episode.
Since then, the unnamed man has received ‘endless’ calls. He toldMoney 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.”
“At first, I didn’t know why, then my friend told me that my number came out [in the series].”
In light of his experiences, British television regulator Ofcom has spoken out insisting that this would never happen in the UK.
Sharing an article written about the calls the man has been inundated with, the regulatory body wrote on Instagram, ”Things that wouldn’t happen in the UK because of Ofcom rules.”
“When you see or hear a UK phone number in a TV or radio show, it’s from a special list of numbers we’ve set aside for this specific use,” it added.
Apparently Ofcom set aside thousands of phone numbers in 2004 for a selection of geographic locations so that they could be safely used in TV and radio projects.
In the wake of the criticism Netflix has received for airing the man’s phone number to its millions of subscribers, it is reportedly going to edit the number out of the scenes it features in.
A Netflix spokesperson told The Independent: “Together with the production company, we are working to resolve this matter, including editing scenes with phone numbers where necessary.”
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Squid Game is available to watch now on Netflix
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