After limiting free accounts to 1,000 photo and video files, Flickr announced that it would begin deleting data from accounts over that quota starting on February 5th, 2019. Now Flickr has announced that it’s giving users more time to download photos by pushing the wipe date back to March 12, 2019.
Here’s the update Flickr provided to PetaPixel:
Since announcing these updates on November 1, Flickr’s goal has been to ensure that members have ample time to make an informed decision as to how they can best continue to protect and enjoy their photos on Flickr. Our foremost priority is to be certain that every Flickr member is aware that photographs may be at risk for deletion if they are stored in a Flickr Free account that has more than 1000 photos. We have sent hundreds of millions of emails announcing the updates, notified members at flickr.com and through our mobile apps, posted updates to the Flickr blog and Help Forum, and communicated through countless media outlets; I’m hopeful your article will further help in ensuring this information is widely distributed.
Based on feedback from our members and complications some members experienced when downloading photos yesterday, we’ve extended our deletion eligibility deadline until March 12, 2019.
Whether our members choose to upgrade to a Pro account or to take advantage of the simple tools we provide to download their content, we hope this extension gives them the time to make the best decision on how they would like to protect and enjoy their photos.
So now you have another month to download your photos if your account exceeds the limit. When March 12 hits, your oldest photos will be at risk of deletion first, but Flickr says it will begin by targeting abandoned accounts before active users are affected.