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Date TimeAugust 13, 2019
VoiceThe film website now allows users to remove birth names, revising earlier policy after feedback from LGBTQ groups
IMDb changes names policy after transgender protest
The Internet Movie Database, the web’s largest resource of film and TV information, is revising its policy on whether birth names must be included in talent profiles.
The site – which is now a subsidiary of Amazon, and whose professional iteration, IMDb Pro, is widely used as an industry resource – was responding to a June protest by a US coalition of LGBTQ groups. These bodies complained about IMDb’s practice of “dead-naming” – revealing birth details without the subject’s consent.

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