Myspace Loses 12 Years of Uploaded Files

MakeUseOf | 3/19/2019 | Dave Parrack
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Myspace has admitted to losing the files users uploaded to the site between 2002 and 2015. Which equates to millions of audio files, as well as countless photos and videos. Which should serve as a good reminder not to use social media sites as your sole backups.

The scale of the problem first came to light when a Reddit user complained to the site. Myspace responded with, “Due to a server migration files were corrupted and unable to be transferred over to our updated site. There is no way to recover the lost data”.

Message - Top - Homepage - Result - Server

There’s now a message at the top of the homepage saying, “As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

I'm deeply skeptical this was an accident. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than "we can't be bothered with the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s."

Myspace - Site - Years - Files

With Myspace launching in 2003, this means that the site has lost 12 years worth of uploaded files. And there seems to...
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