I want to remove or change my biography.

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I do not like the biography on my page and would like to either change it or remove it. How do I do so?
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Peter, Champion

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It can be hard to get a biography removed or significantly changed. You can add your own if you want. IMDb has this note in their guidelines:
It is our policy not to remove biographies in their entirety, unless we first receive an updated or amended version. However, if you are aware of inaccuracies contained within an existing biography and bring them to our attention, we will investigate and if appropriate, remove or amend the offending items.

Please note that replacing a biography that fits our guidelines and contains a good deal of background information with one containing almost no interesting information will be considered the same as attempting to delete a biography.
http://www.imdb.com/updates/guide/bio...
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Alex Mondego

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I tried to get one single line removed from my trivia page - not the whole thing - and after over a year, it's still there.  Same with contact info.
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Michael Black

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I've had the same problem for years. My birthdate was mistakenly left on the bio when I first drafted it, and I figured I could change it later. Not the case. Imdb is VERY touchy about removing even detrimental information from their site. I recall a lawsuit whereby a young actress claimed to be losing work due to the age screen when people checked her imdb page, and imdb refused to remove that data. And eventually Amazon's lawyers won out I think.
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Kelly L.

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IMDb did win, but I think she is trying to appeal the decision.
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Michael Black

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I had originally considered IMDb to operate similar to LinkedIn for actors. It's really disappointing that they don't let the people whom they describe have any say in those descriptions...
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Kelly L.

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Another point about that actress that might make a difference: In her case she originally lied about her DOB (as opposed to merely abstaining from providing it), and then IMDb found her true DOB and corrected it. In the eyes of the courts that might make a difference.
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Michael,

It's really disappointing that they don't let the people whom they describe have any say in those descriptions...
There is no way an user should control what is or isn't on the pages of a website that does not belong to them (regardless of whom is named and whether or not it's the page in their own name).

Probably at least a dozen times I've seen people post here, lying about info on the page in their name, trying to change or remove the accurate data. One guy said he wasn't in any of the films. I found pictures of him, for one title, in which he was standing on the set. So i posted one of him in the pilot uniform (he was credited as a pilot). He said he just happen to grab someone else's costume and put it on for the picture. So I posted a picture of him in the uniform, with the ID badge in close-up and you could see it was his photo on the ID. Same with his other credits. He said he did not appear in one in which he appeared as a minor league baseball player. I found a photo on his facebook page, in uniform with a hat that matched the actual team's logo. In that case, he just wanted them off his page because he was "uncredited" and his manager told him it made his resume look bad (which is a common post topic on this forum...many people named on site would be removing data continually, to make their resumes look better, in their opinion).

Another said she was never in a film, I found it and posted a screen shot of her on screen and inserted a pic she'd put on her IMDb page in which she looked about the same...

After posting some on screen credits of people's names appearing to be told by them that they were there, a friend was in the film, and someone adder her too as a joke (that lame excuse has been given half a dozen times, or more).

Allowing users to edit pages at will, would only encourage people to lie on their pages, like they probably do on their personal resume. It's actually pretty sad.

Anyway, the site would be pretty useless once all the information is inaccurate.

Oh, and there's stuff like this:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/how-do-i-take-down-my-imdb-page
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Michael Black

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I mean I see your point, but it still is not very nice to provide any personal information that a person wishes not to divulge. Accurate credits, I get - no one should take credit for work they did not do, and people searching the site should have access to correct cast and crew information. However, personal bios? Changing - even fluffing - you bio won't make the site useless for average users. Frankly, greenlighting an autobiography and then refusing any changes later seems a bit conflicted, doesn't it? Why accept any input from them in the first place if they can't revise or remove their input later?
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Michael Black

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And my name is spelled "Michael," thank you.
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They only provide public information. A birth date is only accepted with some sort of official documentation that can be given in a link (unless the person supplies it themself and includes a scan of an ID).

IMDb does not check with people named for approval of anything. It's all public information. There is no need (and would be nearly impossible to track most people down to ask them if it's okay).

I don't know what you mean by, "greenlighting an autobiography and then refusing any changes later seems a bit conflicted, doesn't it?" Bio's get edited, corrected, added to, etc., all the time. I've submitted some corrections myself, though I've never authored one. The only thing you cannot do is remove, outright, information that is accurate. You need to edit and improve the bio. Not take away from it. See the guidelines posted in the first reply above...they are the same now, as they were 2 years ago when this conversation actually took place.

I've seen nothing in any guidelines or in staff comments, ever, that states that edits cannot be made (and every page of the database has and "edit page" button which leads to a form that includes the bio area).

Sorry for the typo on your name.