MySpace says it happened during a server migration project.
Last time the once prominent social network website MySpace made headlines in 2016 after it suffered a massive data breach in which personal data of 427 million users including emails and passwords was stolen and leaked online.
Now, it has been revealed that MySpace has lost another trove of user data however this time it happened due to server migration project and not because of a data breach. According to the banner on the site’s homepage it is being announced that audio, video, and photos uploaded more than three years may no longer be available.
“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. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at DPO@myspace.com.”
A full preview of the banner is available below:
Some on social media suggest that MySpace has lost almost 50 million songs. One MySpace user took the issue to Reddit (/JodiXD) and said that the incident took place last year when they couldn’t play music uploaded before 2015. In response, MySpace vowed to fix the issue but later revealed that the data has been corrupted and can’t be restored.
Due to server migration files were corrupted and unable to be transferred over to our updated site. There is no way to recover the lost data,” MySpace emailed /JodiXD.
In a tweet, former CTO of Kickstarter Andy Baio said that “Myspace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first 12 years in a server migration, losing over 50 million songs from 14 million artists.”
“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,” Baio wrote.
It looks like MySpace has never heard of the term “Backup.” There has been no other statement from MySpace however we have reached out to the company for comment. This story will be updated if MySpace responds back.