Flickr accidentally deletes 5-year user account with 4,000 photos

By on Feb 3, 2011 in Internet, Technology, Weird Comments

Flickr had accidentally deleted a user account which apparently has 4,000 photos in it, with all of the photos not possible to be restored again, according to his claim on his blog on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

According to Micro Wilhelm, he logged in to his 5-year old paid Flickr account that day but was shocked when he was asked to create a username.

Then, he remembered reporting to Flickr a few days back that another user added him as a contact but allegedly has stolen photos and complaints about having an older deleted account with the same content.

Then later, Mr. Wilhelm said he received an email that says his Flickr account was accidentally deleted, as read below.


Unfortunately, I have mixed up the accounts and accidentally deleted yours. I am terribly sorry for this grave error and hope that this mistake can be reconciled. Here is what I can do from here:

I can restore your account, although we will not be able to retrieve your photos. I know that there is a lot of history on your account—again, please accept my apology for my negligence. Once I restore your
account, I will add four years of free Pro to make up for my error.

Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do.
Again, I am deeply sorry for this mistake.


Flickr staff”

Wilhelm, an IT Architect who just moved to Zurich, Switzerland, according to his Twitter account, added that there were websites that have linked with his photos including some Yahoo and Flickr blogs.

Meanwhile, Thomas Hawk mentioned on his digital photo collection blog, who was believed to be the first one to have broken the news, learned that a Flickr staff named Zack Sheppard said that Flickr is now working to restore Micro Wilhelm’s Flickr account.

Sheppard added that Flickr has been developing a new feature so that lost photos can still be retrieved, but did not mention as to when it will be completed.

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