Myspace accidentally deleted everything that was downloaded before 2016, which is probably for the better.


The co-founder of Myspace, Tom Anderson, in 2007, trying to appear as 2007 as possible.
Photo: Mark Mainz (Getty Images)

You do not have to be a celebrity to know that your story on social networks only represents an albatross of varying size around the neck, and that every tweet, status update or Selfie, no matter how innocent, is only a drop of extra fuel for the fire that will eventually destroy you (we can not all be as lucky as James Gunn). It's too late for Facebook because everything you've posted has already been sold to the highest bidder or stolen by the most moderately committed hacker (and Twitter is already an infernal landscape where nothing should ever be published), but Old social networking king network, Myspace has inadvertently rendered a huge service to all by accidentally deleting all the songs, photos and videos published on the site from 2003 to 2015.

As reported by Boing Boing, users began to notice that old links on the site had stopped working a year ago. Myspace had initially stated that it was a bug that would be fixed at some point, but the site has now confirmed that they were all .. gone. Here is the official statement from Myspace, asking users to request more information from the Data Protection Officer, Dr. Jana Jentzsch (who is obviously doing a hell of a lot of work, which means no sarcasm, because clear all at once is a better way to protect data than anything the open door policy uses Facebook):

As a result of a server migration project, it is possible that all photos, videos, and audio files that you downloaded more than three years ago are no longer available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you keep your backups.

Fortunately, this only concerns about 50 million mp3 files and an even larger number of photos and videos, which means that everything you posted on the site before Facebook comes in and eats your lunch is probably still available. . It is interesting to note that this question appeared a bit in a story published on this site a few years ago about MySpace pages forgotten by celebrities, many of which were completely broken and unusable. Now we know why!

In any case, many people take this incident as a more general lesson about how we should not trust sites like Myspace to keep everything we publish forever, and if we want to keep something, we should keep it ourselves, but we think it's more a glimmer of hope than a serious lesson. People always say that the Internet never forgets and that things posted online last forever, but we now know that it is absolutely false. One day, in a bright and glorious future where the Internet has been dismantled or transformed into something less catastrophic, the stupid and embarrassing things we all did or say will be lost in time, like … tears published on Myspace.

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