MySpace's devastating revelation might actually be a blessing in disguise.
On Monday, the once-popular social media platform nonchalantly dropped some big news: "Any photos, videos and audio files" uploaded before 2015 may be gone for good. The loss happened because of a "server migration project," MySpace said in a statement, but reports suggest it may not have been an accident.
After its conception in 2003, MySpace became the web's premiere social media site until Facebook started taking over. It is — or was — home to about 50 million songs and helped launch careers for a slew of now-big-name artists, Kickstarter technologist Andy Baio estimated in a tweet. He also had another guess for just what happened to them all:
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MySpace may have been relatively inactive, but fans still noticed when links to previously uploaded music stopped working last year, BBC says. MySpace finally started publicly acknowledging that those links were gone, likely forever, within the last few days. The site also served as a storage spot for years' worth of photos and videos — though judging by its largely high school-aged fanbase, the memory wipe might be for the best.
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