IMDB Embraces Safe Space Culture By Shutting Down Forums Feb 20th
(Last Updated On: February 9, 2017)

Cucked, whipped, kowtowing, toeing the line… take your pick. No matter what, it best describes the IMDB’s decision to embrace the SJW’s safe-space culture by curtailing the spread of information and free speech come February 20th.

Back on February 3rd they announced that they would be shutting down the forums, and that the final move would go through on February 20th. Over on the official website they announced…

“As part of our ongoing effort to continually evaluate and enhance the customer experience on IMDb, we have decided to disable IMDb’s message boards on February 20, 2017. This includes the Private Message system. After in-depth discussion and examination, we have concluded that IMDb’s message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide.”

They stated this cowardly move was done due to “data” and “traffic”, but manage to weasel in typical regressive propaganda talking points, such as the boards “no longer providing a positive” experience. Positive experience for whom?

There is a such thing as not using the forums if you don’t find it to be positive.

The Internet Movie Database has had a renown longstanding forum that has been a debate board, a trolling board, an information board, an education board, but most of all, a board in which people used to communicate and talk about their favorite (or hated) movies.

In fact, I’ve lost count of the number of movies I’ve come across, animated, live-action, short films, indie, foreign and otherwise thanks to the helpful users on the IMDB forums. I never would have found some films without their help, and never would have heard of other films without them coming up during the natural flow of discussion.

So what happens to all of that “positivity” for users who did gain something useful out of the forums? Well, you’ll have to subject yourself to the segregated hate-speech platform known as Twitter, or the jumbled mess that is Facebook.

They rattle off the numbers of their social media accounts and state…

“Increasingly, IMDb customers have migrated to IMDb’s social media accounts as the primary place they choose to post comments and communicate with IMDb’s editors and one another.”

Comments and communication is not discussion.

Only people who advocated bigotry would suggest people to use Twitter as a form of discussion, since the only thing you can do on Twitter effectively is hurl insults, hate and harassment at people.

Nevertheless, IMDB suggested how users can stay in contact: exchange information before the message boards and private message systems are deleted…

“During this two-week transition period, which concludes on February 19, 2017, IMDb message board users can exchange contact information with any other board users they would like to remain in communication with (since once we shut down the IMDb message boards, users will no longer be able to send personal messages to one another).”

That’s right, you won’t even be able to private message users anymore.

This further step to lockdown communication and discussion and keep topics locked onto platforms that are anti-free speech (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.,) ensures that people can no longer communicate effectively or meet people outside of their sociopolitically segregated safe spaces.

I suppose people who enjoy keeping others divided will be happy about the news.

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  • 66pugs99

    IMDB had the best message board formatting I think I’ve seen but became a cesspool of hate and trolls and a pretty awful place to post. It became IMDB4chan after a while, because they stopped trying to moderate the board.

    • Really? Where is this stuff taking place because all the movie boards I’ve been to haven’t been that way. I just figured certain movies attract certain people, no different than internet websites.

      • 66pugs99

        That means you have been conditioned and brainwashed to thinking hate is normal. That says a lot about everything, in your one small post.

        • Are you a troll? Because do you have links to all this “hate” and stuff? I genuinely don’t see it when I’m browsing IMDB but then again I’m not going there to argue with people or spout political nonsense or propaganda.

    • Joel C

      This is propaganda rhetoric. If IMDB was really as you said, it would die out on it’s own. It wouldn’t need to be forcibly shut down. It was very popular for a good reason and it would have stayed popular. That’s why free speech is called FREE SPEECH.. you should never let it be taken away in any form. Let the market decide if it’s worthy by how much it uses or ignores it.

      • 66pugs99

        The market did decide. IMDB didn’t want their name sullied and destroyed by a bunch of loser 4chaner types, so they shut it down. Think of how many hits IMDB has lost by taking down their boards. That will tell you how bad it was. The reason why society works, is because there are consequences to actions. There are no consequences on message boards, so when they go unfettered, all you end up with is vile hate. It was getting worse and worse so this was inevitable. If the consequences ended up like Brenda Leyland, then an open message board could work. But when it’s anonymous without controls, and becomes popular, losers with terrible lives who hate always take over. They have time because they have nothing else to do.

        • Joel C

          So f(8king what? Because you didn’t have a good experience that’s no reason to decide for everyone else. IMDB used to get tons of hits daily. Now it’s going to fade away like Myspace did to FB. I’ll be happy to see someone with more balls rise to fame to replace it. You can stick to your little safe places of zero interaction since your too afraid to even live your life. You would have been so happy living in Russia some years ago when some authority told you what to do and how to live and what to say. The market did NOT decide about IMDB otherwise it would have dwindled out on its own or showed a huge lack of members using the forums which is did NOT. It was constantly growing and there were YEARS of knowledge about all kinds of Movies and TV shows within those databases that are now LOST. You book burning fascist! It was not getting worse. Just more SJW snowflakes like you have made a bigger impact now in this overly PC world that’s happening. You should really go READ 1984 and be a lot more careful about giving up your freedoms of speech and expression.

          • Yo, bro… check out

            I go there now, it has all of IMDB’s forums backed up and the conversations continue on. If snowflakes want to hide away, they can do so, but normal people can keep the discussions going elsewhere.

          • 66pugs99

            See, one door closes, another one opens. That’s free enterprise. I prefer it over Joel’s communism.

          • lol @ Joel’s communism. It’s actual socialism, since he was advocating growth/dispersion based on community pluralism.

          • 66pugs99

            True. I was speaking of practical communism, where people demanded they have a say in a way the society was run. Besides, it’s much more fun to call someone a communist rather than a socialist. I’m just trying to get into the spirit of his argument.

          • Oh sure, sure. But communism is so 2008 when Obama was heading into office. Don’t you know the in thing these days is to call someone a Nazi fascist?

          • 66pugs99

            LOL. Ya, that seems to be the way.

          • Joel C

            Actually it’s more Libertarian to advocate free speech. And your type of neo liberal pulled the plug on IMDB and blamed it on.. Trolls. I never noticed much moderation before on IMDB and frankly I was shocked to find that these kinda SJW freaks controlled the site. It wasn’t about money because they could monetize it a hundred ways. Tell me more how people like me got it shut down? I ran BBS’s before the internet ever came along. We learned that online communities has both positive and negative opinions. Some smart, some stupid. A melting pot just like uh.. the real world. Its not supposed to be Sunday Church or the workplace. It’s supposed to anonymous and free. We even had things called War Boards. Look it up. You’d really love those.

          • We even had things called War Boards. Look it up. You’d really love those.

            The original flamewars…. the classic era of the internet.

          • 66pugs99

            LOL. What power do I have? I don’t own the site. I liked posting there. What a silly comment. Sorry, but you sound insane.

            IMDB is a private company, and if they want to close it down, that’s their choice. That’s their freedom of speech. To not understand that, considering your education, is pretty scary. If you actually read your own words, you can see why it was shut down. But you seem to lack complete self-awareness. In the end, that explains everything why they shut it down. Don’t blame me. You’re actually the type that killed it, yet somehow you can’t figure that out. It’s pretty interesting.

  • Disqusted

    Yet another popular site following in the footsteps of sites like those belonging to the Australian news media by preventing patrons from commenting. It’s so much easier to push lies that way.

  • Hawk Hopper

    I guess the film biz can’t take the bantz.

    “Everyone who didn’t like the new Ghostbusters actually hates women” and Ashley Judd’s TED talk where she cried about all the misogyny, including GamerGate, while leaving out how Europe is importing an actual rape army (Muslims) in the name of diversity, tolerance, multiculturalism and other bullshit. And all the virtue signaling bullshit happening at award shows in the after math of Trump’s election. Heaven forbid that people vote in ways celebrities don’t like.

    I mean if someone were to post about how American film culture is dying, would that be considered not the positive sort of talk allowed in the failure safe space known as IMDB? Then I guess linking to author and podcaster Brett Easton Ellis would be too painful for the gatekeepers at IMDB. What if I were to bring one of my favorite subjects–video games being inferior to film–would I be considered to be part of the “problem”? What if the general topic was how much video game movies suck? I guess facts aren’t positive.

    And I guess streaming media can’t take the bantz either. There are several comments saying that their posts were deleted for mocking Netflix’s “Dear White People”.

    • Disqusted

      As far as I’m concerned, American Film Culture died a long, long time ago.

      • Hawk Hopper

        I would argue that American filmmakers don’t make theatrical films anymore and instead became showrunners, writers, and directors for series such as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Fargo (the series), and stuff like that.