Gaten Matarazzo's new Netflix prank show is all about tricking people trying to find work and the internet isn't impressed

Stranger Things teen star Gaten Matarazzo is feeling the fury of the internet, after it was announced he is hosting a new prank show on Netflix which involves tricking people who are looking for work.

The actor, best known for his role as Dustin in Stranger Things , will not only appear in but also act as an executive producer on the eight-episode show called Prank Encounters. It is set to launch on Netflix later this year.

In a press release on Friday, the streaming service described Prank Encounters as a "terrifying and hilarious prank show" that messes with strangers who think they are starting their first day at the new job. Netflix representative said:

Each episode of this terrifying and hilarious prank show takes two complete strangers who each think they're starting their first day at a new job.

It's business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.

Sadly, this is not a joke and many people took to social media to vent their frustration with the actor and Netflix, with some saying it sounded "like a Black Mirror episode".

Some pleaded with the child actor to cancel or reconsider the show as it is "creating real harm" to a group of people that are already really struggling.

Other's mocked the concept, writing up mock comparisons that are equally as cruel.

In a statement given to Indy100 , a Netflix spokesperson said:

The pranks in Prank Encounters are spooky, supernatural, and over the top, and everyone had a great time.

All participants came in with the expectation this was a one-day, hourly gig and everyone got paid for their time.

Season 3 of Stranger Things will be released on July 4.

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