I'm asking this question for the second time, because the first time I did, IMDb “answered” it without actually answering it, and then closed the conversation so that no one else could respond.
IMDb continually tells actors that they can NEVER, under ANY circumstances, remove accurate info, be it their age, their credits, etc. IMDb/Amazon has gone to court to fight for this “policy,” spending untold amounts countering actress Junie Hoang in one lawsuit, and the state of California in another. Again and again, IMDb states, “we will not remove accurate info, period.”
But an actress named Veronica Grey managed to get her entire IMDb profile erased.
Here's her former page: http://www.imdb.com:80/name/nm1227579
Here's the link as seen via the Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20100912052444/http://www.imdb.com:80/name/nm1227579
I ask a simple question: How was Ms. Grey able to do this? She is a real person. I knew her credits. I PRODUCED one of them. They are real films. She's also an odd character who has recently been trying to erase her web presence, which is not my concern. What IS my concern is that I have several good friends who have wanted to have info removed from their IMDb page, only to be told “we never do that, ever.”
Well, apparently IMDb DOES do that, and my goal is to find out how Ms. Grey did it, so that I can instruct others how to do it, too.
Before closing the conversation on my first attempt at getting answers, IMDb “employee” “Henry C” left this comment:
“Credits, and entire pages or titles in some cases, are removed when they are determined to be incorrect and/or can't be verified. If the actress in question believes that accurate information was removed in error, she should resubmit it and, upon verification, we will be happy to list all eligible information.”
He is either being evasive on purpose, or he just failed to grasp my question. It is NOT “titles” and “credits” that were removed. Veronica Grey's “titles” and “credits” REMAIN. It is SHE who was removed. Understand? It is HER PROFILE that was erased, NOT the credits. The film I produced in which she starred is still up there. She was simply removed from it when her profile was erased. She had TWENTY acting credits, THREE producer credits, and TWO self credits. Those credits remain, but it is SHE who is gone. It is the PERSON'S profile that was erased, NOT the credits.
Have I explained that well enough? This was a PERSON'S profile, with photos, birthplace, age, IMDb resume, trivia, bio, other works, publicity listings, and TWENTY SEVEN credits, and IMDb allowed her to take everything down. It is not an issue of fake credits, but an issue of a PERSON being able to “disappear” herself from the site.
I don't think I could state this any clearer. But you know what? I'll try.
This is the movie Hey DJ. It is a real film. Here is its IMDb page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322621/?ref_=rvi_tt
On Veronica Grey's erased profile, you can see that she portrayed the character “Fysche” in the movie: https://web.archive.org/web/20100912052444/http://www.imdb.com:80/name/nm1227579
On the IMDb page for Hey DJ, you can see THIS PHOTO of the character Fysche. This is Veronica Grey: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322621/mediaviewer/rm3116538112
And THIS photo: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322621/mediaviewer/rm2177014016
And THIS photo: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322621/mediaviewer/rm2479003904
And the film's poster: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322621/mediaviewer/rm2462226688
Yet the character Fysche is no longer listed in the film's IMDb credits, and Veronica Grey's tags have been removed from the IMDb photos.
The credit is real. The film is real. The poster and photos prove she was in the film. But when IMDb let her erase her profile, her name, character, and tags vanished from the movie's IMDb page.
A PERSON removed herself from IMDb, taking with her not only all the accurate info ABOUT her (age, birthplace, bio), but ALSO, via ripple effect, removing accurate info from the movies and TV shows she was in, because her characters and tags vanished along with her profile.
Is this really so hard to follow?
My sense is that IMDb is not keen on divulging how this was allowed to happen. It would open the door for tons of other people to do the same, let alone the fact that it would contradict statements made under oath by IMDb in the Junie Hoang lawsuit (and I have read the depositions thoroughly) regarding what is and isn't allowed on the site.
I will continue to post this question until I receive a REAL response. Emails sent to IMDb PR chief Emily Glassman have gone unanswered. I hope this time another “employee” reads the question properly and addresses it.