Pioneering social network MySpace has admitted losing 12 years’ worth of data in a botched server migration.
The news comes after MySpace was unable to play any of the music hosted on the site. Initially, the platform claimed that it was working on fixing the problem, although it has now revealed that it has lost all of the relevant data. The data loss includes “any photos, videos and audio files” uploaded between 2003 and 2015, which includes over 50 million audio files by over 14 million artists over that period.
While it is no longer a major player in the social media field, some people who used it in its prime still used it as an archive.
In a statement, a representative for MySpace 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 apologize for the inconvenience."
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Migrations are highly complex and are vital to ensuring your IT infrastructure is up to date and can continue to support your business as it grows. If not carried out correctly and without a backup in place – as has seemingly happened in MySpace’s case – data can be lost forever.
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