Should Ted Bundy be considered a celebrity? Why then did he come up on IMDB birthdays of the day?

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IMDB birthdays of the day on the app.
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Should Ted Bundy be considered a celebrity?
IMDB birthdays of the day on the app.
by Peter Gorwin
Joined on November 24, 2018
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/peter_gorwin
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https://www.imdb.com/search/name?refine=birth_monthday&birth_monthday=11-24
Birth Month Day of 11-24
Sorted by Popularity Ascending
1,097 names

Ted Bundy (1946–1989)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0120421/
Theodore Robert Bundy, more commonly known as "Ted",
was one of the most prolific serial killers in America.
He confessed to 36 murders...

Born: November 24, 1946  in Burlington, Vermont, USA
Died: January 24, 1989  (age 42) in Starke, Florida, USA

Thanks: Movie (1 credit)
Archive footage (19 credits)

Ted Bundy  (2002)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284929/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284929/reference
The story of serial killer Ted Bundy.
Michael Reilly Burke   ...  Ted Bundy

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Bundy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Bundy_(film)

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Jeffrey Strickland

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Yikes that's concerning!
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Peter Gorwin

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Right. Yesterday they had Pablo Escobar on there list of celebrity birthdays. I’m looking forward to the celebration of people like Joseph Mengele, John Hinkley, and maybe even Hitler himself. Again, such choices preempt artists, and are simply deplorable. If they keep it up, I for one will can the app and never look at The site again. The argument that these birthday choices come up as result of some mindless algorithm is not a particularly strong justification.
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I’m looking forward to the celebration of people like Joseph Mengele, John Hinkley, and maybe even Hitler himself.

Where on IMDb do you see any celebrations? I just see a daily update on the home page stating which five celebrities were born that day. I have never seen a person like Ted Bundy or Hitler make it to the five names on the home page, but if you click on "see all birthdays", you will see, well, all birthdays. So yes, then you can come across serial killers, dictators and whatnot, exactly as you should when using a database.
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Hi, Marco. You've effectively shed light on what could technically be a misunderstanding. On the other hand, the creator of this thread has a point. He may not know it but pornography actors (perhaps crew as well) are omitted from search results by default. Maybe the same could be done for people or figures whose filmographies consist entirely of archive footage, implying that they made zero contributions to cinema, whether artistic or technical, whether high-quality or low-quality. Unfortunately such a criterion would give the boot to a lot of people who are indeed artists, engineers, discoverers, innovators, archivists or managers who've made contributions to the humanities without even so much as harming a mosquito. Right now, there is no specific data field to flag the name pages of persons known exclusively for treason, murderous behaviors, extrajudicial governance or waging war without provocation.
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I like the suggestion to eliminate people from the list known just for archival footage. Those individuals didn't consciously try to be be in movies or TV, and in some cases, may even have been deceased before it happened. That way, IMDb isn't making a judgement call about which crimes or specific behaviors would exclude someone.