"Around the web" pain in the...

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Hi,

Would you (IMDb) consider removing the "Around The Web" by ZergNet functionality from the site?

Though assuming that this is a source of income for the site, these are predominantly clickbait links, with erroneous and often deliberately faulty headlines, with the sole purpose of attracting visitor flow to gain clicks/revenue.

This may seem like an innocent enough functionality, but it does surely uphold the practice of disinformation, or "fake news". These headlines are, more often than not, formulated to attract the lowest common denominator, sometimes even promoting conspiracy theories and smear campaigns.

For a database with (hopefully) an intent to maintain factual data, this part of the scan column is a disagreeable showing of misinformation. And for a media literate user it is a pain in the buttocks.

Thank you for your interest

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