RapidShare will close down on March 21, 2015, it was announced by the company in a press release. One of the most popular and certainly the most renowned file-sharing website will shut its gates and all of the user accounts that exists will also be shut down and deleted.
RapidShare started out in May 2002 and in a short period of time, gained massive popularity. Like many websites just like it, RapidShare hosted copyrighted material. This has become an issue for the company many times and it is probably the reason that stands behind the decision.
In 2009, RapidShare stated that the total amount of uploaded content on its platform had reached a whopping 10 petabytes. In 2010, the company said that it had hundreds of millions of visitors each month and because one of the 50th most popular websites in the whole world.
In the press release, RapidShare stated that its customers can continue their two paid subscriptions, the Standard Plus (€49.99 per month) and the Premium (€99.99 per month), until February 28, which gives its users enough time for them to retrieve and transfer their data.
RapidShare has not made public the reason behind their decision to close down the website, but it is believed that it is fear of legal retaliation. RapidShare does not have a blog where they share news and updates and their Twitter and Facebook has been inactive since December 2013.
RapidShare will close down on March 31, but it did put up a fight to keep on going. The company tried to rebrand itself as a cloud storage provider, but it was a complete failure. In 2013, RapidShare was forced to cut its workforce by a whopping 75% and in 2014 it removed its free service from its offer. The struggles it has gone through coupled the legal battles most file-sharing websites go through, is that makes RapidShare want to shut down and completely cease to exist.
If you are one of the many people who has an account on RapidShare, you have seven weeks to retrieve your information and move it someplace else. RapidShare conclude that they strongly recommended all customers secure their data.
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