Many of you will have heard stories about users of social network having their accounts deleted or blocked without warning nor consultation. Last month as popular blogger who goes by the name Bohemea had her Tumblr account shut down, losing over five years of work – totalling over 100,000 posts across two separate blogs – in the process.
Tumblr’s reasoning for this was that had received five complaints in two years from copyright holders over Bohemea’s use of their images without permission.
Speaking to HubSpot, Bohemea told Dan Lyons that she would happily have removed the images if Tumblr had notified her, but her entire account was just deleted without warning. Bohemea claims that similar fates have befallen other Tumblr bloggers.
This serves as yet another stark reminder that even though it may have our own name at the top of the page, the content and data that we create and store online belongs very much to whomever is hosting that data on our behalf. As we have seen all too many times in the past, legitimate accounts and pages can be taken down without the content creator being given a chance to make a copy of their thoughts and memories. And getting your data back from third-parties is not exactly easy.
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