'Squid Game' Sweeps China Despite Ban

  • By Pak Soo-chan

    October 22, 2021 11:50

    Korea's hit series "Squid Game" has swept China even though Netflix is officially banned there.

    But fans are watching the dystopian series with VPN or by illegal downloads, and hundreds of "Squid Game"-themed video clips have been uploaded on TikTok.

    A customer cuts a cookie during a "Squid Game"-themed confection-making event in a bakery in Beijing in this grab from a video taken on Oct. 16. /Reuters-Yonhap

    "Squid Game" has been searched more than 2 billion times on Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

    The Chinese government is increasingly restricting the influx of foreign content, citing its "chaotic" influence on youth and culture.

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