The IMDb, the Amazon-owned website that provides movie/TV production and distribution data (along with celebrity news content), has decided to shut down its message boards because they’re “no longer providing a positive, useful experience” for the vast majority of its users. What’s this about? Concerns about trolling, obviously, but that’s the internet — often rude, unruly, sometimes odious or even hateful. But it’s the stuff of freedom.
This is obviously a bad thing but what brought this about? What exactly was the straw that broke the camel’s back?
IMDb message posted today: “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. We regret any disappointment or frustration IMDb message board users may experience as a result of this decision.”