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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

72% of Websites Links On The Internet Have Vanished

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The research time working with New York Times discovered that this difficulty was swaying internet links dating all the way back to 1988.

Recently Millions of internet links with useful references and information are lost over time, shows new research completed by a team at Harvard Law School.

The research took into account over 550,000 articles carrying more than 2.2 million links to external pages. It was learned that roughly 72% of these articles held links to specific pages preferably than a general website.

Articles dating from 2018 had nearly 6% of their external links broken while a whopping 72% of them were dead from substances back from 1998.

“A more recent example of link rot would be when Twitter banned Donald Trump. All of the articles embedded in his tweets are now dead.”

Until we find a solution, the problem is going to affect the internet as a whole for years to come. It is unlikely that similar projects will be able to resolve the issue for the entire internet, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Sajjad Ahmed
Photojournalist / Web Editor
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