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Netflix Shuts Man Who Asked People To Call BJP's CAA Toll Number For Free Subscription

A Quick Search Of The Toll-free Number 8866288662, Which Was Launched By The BJP On Thursday, Lists Out Several Click-bait Messages From Twitter Users Misleading People Into Sending Missed Calls To The Number.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Aniruddha Dhar | Updated on: 04 Jan 2020, 10:33:11 PM
The number was launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 2.

The number was launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 2. (Photo Credit: Representative image)

New Delhi:

People on social media were taken by surprise on Saturday when Twitter was flooded with random posts promoting a toll-free number with promises of free data, sex and Netflix. What’s more surprising is the toll-free number which has been widely shared along with such posts. A quick search of the toll-free number "8866288662", which was launched by the BJP on Thursday, lists out several click-bait messages from Twitter users misleading people into sending missed calls to the number.

The number was launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 2 which was also tweeted by Home Minister Amit Shah asking people to give a missed call to show their support for the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

One Twitter user @kapilverma73, citing sources, goes on to say that “Modiji (Prime Minister Narendra) would deposit Rs 15 lakh to their account if they send missed call to 8866288662. Paisa turant aapke khate mein (the money will come immediately to your account.”

Another Twitter user @MuralikrishnaE1 promises free Netflix subscription for six months to first 100 callers to the number CAA support number 8866288662. 

“Want free Netflix subscription for 6 months? Call 8866288662 and get Username and Password. Promotional offer, valid only for first 1000 callers. Try your luck,” he tweeted.

Netflix responded to this particular tweet:

“This is absolutely fake. If you want free Netflix please use someone else's account like the rest of us.”

The BJP had launched a toll-free number for people to give missed calls to register their endorsement of the law ahead of the party's 10-day mass contact drive from January 5.

BJP General Secretary Anil Jain said the toll-free number will allow people to register their support for the amended citizenship law, which seeks to grant citizenship to minorities from three neighbouring countries who arrived in India by December 31, 2014, due to religious persecution.

Shah will visit a household on Sunday to lead the party's 10-day campaign during which its leaders and workers will contact, the party has said, three crore families to rally support for the CAA.

All leading faces of the party, ranging from Union ministers to organisational leaders, will be travelling to various parts of the country during January 5-15 for the drive, Jain said.

People will be urged to take to social media to voice their support for the law during the campaign, he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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First Published : 04 Jan 2020, 10:33:11 PM