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MySpace Accidentally Deleted 50 Million Songs Uploaded Between 2003 and 2015

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MySpace (yes, it still exists!) issued the following statement in regards to the disappearance of photos, videos and some 50 million tracks uploaded to profiles over the 12-year period spanning 2003 to 2015:

“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 and suggest that you retain your back up copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Jana Jentzsch at DPO@myspace.com.”

There are so many hilarious things about this statement I’m not sure where to start. Stream of consciousness:

  1. Accidentally deleting all photos, videos and songs — aka the entire focal point of the service — HOW THE FUCK DID THEY ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN
  2. Them thinking anyone really cares
  3. “may” no longer be available… as if there’s doubt?
  4. “back up copies” lol as if anyone has back ups of shit they uploaded to the web in 2003
  5. Calling out an employee by name and specifically directing people to harass them. Can’t remember ever seeing an individual thrown under the bus by a company in such dramatic effect because of a data issue before; usually it’s just anonymous, i.e. “Contact tech support at support@myspace.com”
  6. The extent to which the company clearly does not give a shit at all.

All this leads me to suggest… could this have been intentional? All that data had to be eating up tremendous server resources — most of it rarely if ever accessed, lost to the sands of time — so perhaps MySpace just wanted to cut costs, be done with it and move on.

Alternate theory: publicity stunt?? MySpace could certainly use any form of attention they can get at the moment to raise their profile from the dregs of the internet long forgotten.

More on this vv important and riveting story as it develops.

[via Lambgoat]

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