MySpace Loses Everyone's Embarrassing Old Photos

By Gary Cutlack on at

MySpace, the ancient social network that was about music and bands instead of social radicalisation and death threats, claims to have "accidentally" deleted a vast chunk of legacy content. In short, you can stop worrying that perhaps you need to go back there and remove the fan art of the Stereophonics that the younger you may have drawn and uploaded.

A spokesperson for MySpace says that pretty much anything on the site that is more than three years old – which surely has to be 99 per cent of its content -- is at risk of having been binned during a recent server switcheroo operation. The social network apologised, and said: "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 apologise for the inconvenience."

A later statement said the data was "corrupted" into such a state that it was all, in bulk and as one, "unable to be transferred over to our updated site" and is therefore gone. That's 12 years of music, photos and videos, all in the bin, an amount of data so enormous that users and analysts can't quite believe it could all accidentally corrupt in one congealed, unified lump, and must instead be the result of bosses preferring to offload a vast stack of legacy content than continuing to host it all. [BBC]