Help / The Help Forum

This thread has been closed by Flickr Staff.

Hot Topics

[Updated April 15] Beginning Rollout of New Flickr Notifications Center and Settings
Latest: 48 minutes ago
[Official Thread] Have an idea for Flickr? Share it here.
Latest: 7 days ago
[Updated April 26, 2021] Flickr is moving payments to Stripe
Latest: 5 months ago
Welcome to the Flickr Help Forum! Click here to get started and to read our Forum Guidelines.
Latest: 11 months ago

 

Current Discussion

The new Flickr editing system.
Latest: 69 minutes ago
Group Join Buttons Don't Work!
Latest: 10 hours ago
Flickr URLs on Android don't open in the app
Latest: 11 hours ago
AWARDS What's the point?
Latest: 26 hours ago
Image vText
Latest: 29 hours ago
A group to help chose among different versions of a picture
Latest: 33 hours ago
[Investigating] Uploadr on Mac (Catalina) stuck on "scanning" Photos library
Latest: 2 days ago
Please fix EQUIRECTANGULAR and 360 photos.
Latest: 2 days ago
iPhone 12/ cannot see pics/videos I uploaded
Latest: 2 days ago
PROBLEM with 403 and 404 error viewing albums with friends.
Latest: 2 days ago
Can't login from PC > 'invalid password' error message
Latest: 2 days ago
I am not receiving notifications of updates from people I follow.However I do receive them for any up loads I have put up..I have checked my settings and all appear to be normal
Latest: 3 days ago
More...

Search the Help Forum

[locked] Phantom Photos -- My photos have been replaced with those of another

Sister Merry Elephant says:

Different photos are appearing on my site in place of others that I have posted. Is anyone else experiencing the same problems? When I click on them it shows the right ones, but it is weird to look at my pics and see a random man where I was expecting a shrub!


------------------

17 Feb 7:20 PST -- Staff are aware that there's an issue are working to resolve it - Heather

7:55 PST: Normalcy should be returning. You can Shift + Reload the view of your photostream to force it, but we're also flushing the system from this end. It seems that one of our caching image servers was polluted during a network outage in the wee hours. I just want to reiterate, the site was not hacked! It was a bum image caching server.

If SHIFT + RELOAD isn't doing it here's more help:

From Neofob:
"If shift+reload is not enough try instructing the browser to empty the entire cache.

In Internet Explorer you do it by selecting Internet Options from the Tools-menu and then clicking on the button Delete Files and then the Button OK.

In Firefox (2.0) you look up the Clear Private Data and select the cache and then click on the button Clear Private Data Now. "

From www.flickr.com/forums/help/33657/page4/#reply172948:
"For those folks on IE, as someone mentioned, you could try and clear your cache too: Internet Explorer 6: How and Why to Clear Your Cache"
www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie6/using/howto/customizing/...

From Mr. Last Minute:
If SHIFT+RELOAD doesn't work, try CTRL+RELOAD or ALT+RELOAD first. Depends on which browser and OS you use.

19 Feb 6:34 PST: We're aware there's a problem with some images showing up in unexpected places (again). We're looking into it right now - George

------------------

THE LATEST
19 Feb 9:00pm PST: The site went back online at around 8:30pm PST. We're aware that some people are still seeing photos they don't recognise, and that a SHIFT + RELOAD resolves the issue in most cases.

If you're still having trouble, you can let us know specific URLs to problematic photos in the thread below. Thanks, again, for your patience - George

------------------
Posted at 6:37AM, 17 February 2007 PDT ( permalink )
heather (staff) edited this topic ages ago.

← prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
(1 to 100 of 923 replies in [locked] Phantom Photos -- My photos have been replaced with those of another)
view photos

Mezzapod says:

This is also happening to my phots!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

johnctanzer says:

me too, anyone know what is going on here?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Tysgirl says:

I"m having the same problem....some of the phantom photos are pornographic! I checked some of my contacts photos and they are having the same problem
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Natasha Lloyd says:

Yes! I have noticed the same problem. I also get different photos when looking at various sizes of the same picture. Very weird.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

James Looker says:

I am and I'm freaking out - this is my business portfolio site
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

DerJoker says:

Same here...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

eric.raffin says:

I have exactly the same problem today !
I don't know what it is. Looks like an error in Flickr...
I sent en Email to know how i can fix it.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

SPakhrin says:

me tooo !!!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Max_ST says:

Same here. Since so many are having this problem, it doesn't seem to be a problem with hacked accounts?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
Max_ST edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

abrupt guide says:

Add me to the list - I just came on & noticed it then searched out this thread. Hope it gets fixed soon!

~ gem ~
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Dr. Keats says:

FLICKR STAFF: There are now about four seperate threads running on this same issue - wanna combine 'em all into one and make it easier for everyone?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Stevekin says:

Sounds like a Flickr problem and not account hacking.
Especially if you are seeing different photos in the various sizes.

I hope so anyway !

I think this has happened to some members before and it got sorted OK.

Staff might pop in to this thread, if they see it, to allay any fears and explain, but some of you might want to try the report abuse option from an offending photo page just in case !
After all, you are seeing offensive images.

Tysgirl...I got to page 9 without seeing anything like you describe, so it may just be something 'you' (the account) is seeing ?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Mainer Living in Exile says:

Same problem on my accout as well...but luckily without the porn.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Stevekin says:

Ah, didn't see it was a bigger issue and in Bugs...........
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Lynne Hand says:

I'm getting a man and his baby whilst I was looking for a photo of my light fitting. It also shows the wrong picture when I tried to make a poster on Flagrant Disregard. Very, very weird.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

thallium says:

Me three.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

petuniamaewitherbottom says:

Same here, I clicked on one of my pics of a bedroom, and a pic came up showing a deer peeking aronud a house! LOL, I too am freaking out and hope Flickr can resolve this soo.
LOL, another pic of my bedroom popped up with a couple in wedding gear in my bedroom!!!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Grant Hamilton says:

add me to the list...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

honeyrider says:

yep...me too. what the hey?!?!? it's mercury retrograde!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

kindly club says:

Same problem with me also
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Linda & Steve Williams says:

Ugh. Happening to me too.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Sweet Sensations Cakes says:

Yep, and me........

Have reported it to flickr.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Pics from Lake E says:

Me too!!!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

view-askew says:

I'm getting a very pixelated picture of a little kid in what appears to be a canoe.

www.flickr.com/photos/nicalibre/79845321/

On further inspection I'm seeing this issue on a lot more pictures in my stream. Some of the pictures appearing are...well, let's just say they are not something I would have uploaded on my account.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
view-askew edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

loweryc says:

add me to the list...

glad it's not account hacking... or at least it's happening to too many people to seem to be...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Lu ! says:

*Raises hand* Happening here too!

Though a couple of my photos have changed, only one is part of my website. Thankfully nothing that makes it look too freaky.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

lorimarsha says:

Glad I checked the forum. One of my pictures turned into porn right before my eyes. Naked girls. I deleted it and at first it said it could not be deleted. Refreshed. It came back. Deleted again. Refreshed. It's gone. What the heck is goin on?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

frogmuseum2 says:

Ditto. Crazy Saturday shenanigans...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Anna Pawleta says:

I've got the same problem :(
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

obtainable slope says:

the same here.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Kerri Tapp says:

luckily no porn has arrived on my site, but want this situation rectified ASAP....add me to the list also
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

monica_brite says:

Yeah, I've got pornographic images appearing in my photostream. However, when I click on them, I see my own photos. It's really disturbing, considering that I let my family see this account. (Not all of the images are pornographic, fortunately.)
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

lavueltaaldia says:

i have the same problem just now with my pictures...what happens?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Nick DeNardis says:

Same here, photos of mine being replaced in the thumbnails and clicking on Contacts photos mysteriously disappearing or coming up with pixelated photos.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

arny johanns says:

same thing happening on my page..i have kids looking at my photos..and if i get any weird ones..i am out of here..
and i found out when i was going to post a comment of a friends photo..it had changed when i enlarged it..from a cat to a child..

why are we not getting any answers on this thread?
or are you not sure what´s happening staff?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
arny johanns edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

abashed twig says:

Well, I got porn instead of a guy washing firemen's wires...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Jamie Sproates says:

its happened to me aswell, seems to be at least one ever page from the 2nd page onwards.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Jerub Baal says:

It's happening to me as well.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

MacJools says:

"same here" - I guess that this is system-wide then =:o) Happy times
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

inconclusive jump says:

And me...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

tomhide says:

wow, I was thinking it was only my account that was playing up. Should of looked here before sending email to flickr...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Scott C (sec611) says:

I've noticed this as I view other contacts photostream.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

MMMR says:

Also happening to me... I have had some of the small square thumbnails and a few larger exchanged by someone else's. Has anyone had any bigger image versions exchanged? Because loosing your original image sizes would be a problem!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

TNT Jerry says:

Ditto
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

danieljweiss says:

YOU NEED TO TAKE THE SITE OFFLINE -- there is all kinds of freaking porn in my photostream now; I have family members (inc. children) who look at my stream. I am sure there are many others in the same boat. This sucks.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

*Snado* says:

Happening to me too.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

stevecadman says:

And me...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

SputnikLee says:

I got porn too. Flickr please fix this!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

funny shop says:

hope i get free porn i do...lol
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

katharinaschumacher says:

same here with one wrong photo
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
katharinaschumacher edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

thijskoetsier says:

Same problem, too bad I haven't taken some of those pics myself though, I would like to know who that girl is ;)
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Peter Sunna says:

I'm getting this as well. It's very serious and it needs to be taken care of ASAP.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

favourite_thing79 says:

Looks like we are all on the same boat!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

CDF Photography says:

It's happening to mine also.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

MacJools says:

I know it's the weekend, but this is a serious security problem - I don't want my mother/nieces/nephew thinking I have porn in my photo-collection!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

f e d e says:

it's the same with my account.
Though I love the site it's a shame for flickr - especially for a service some people pay money for. Hopefully they fix this soon and apologize appropriately
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

lido_6006 says:

I've seen it with other's photos as well as with some of my own. Thumbnails in groups seem to be correct for what I've noticed, but the medium size photo on the photo's page has been exchanged with a low-resolution photo from somebody else's photostream (or maybe with a thumbnail or icon)
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Emma Dolly says:

I'm also getting the same thing - hopefully they're aware and will be fixing it!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

OHcorgis says:

I also just sent in a complaint requesting removal of these photos. Someone is having a good time at our expense.

I use these pages for friends and customers to look at my photos. Yahoo better have a quick fix for this.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

ninoka says:

lol. I came here to say the same thing. This is really weird! At least there isn't any porn images on my stream. Oo
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Ed' says:

Same problem with me.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

MatthewStott says:

Same with me too. Very odd photos I might add too. I think its pretty hilarious, but I wouldnt want this to go on all day.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Gene Fama says:

Me too. Some are porn and corporate logos.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Sandy Graeser Haynes says:

I was flabbergasted just now when I scrolled through my pics and found random images on my space... When you click on it, you get the correct picture, but there are 6 of them like that... I see that other people are having the same problem. Can we get it fixed somehow ?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Lord Macduff of Corgarff says:

Same here

My two mini-schnauzer dogs photo has been changed into a picture of a baby with her mom. It might be a bigger shock the other way round !
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

AndrewJBourke says:

I don't think saying "Me too" helps much - It's happening to everyone.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

circuitfm says:

Same here. I've now got a photo of a fat woman lifting her skirt up. Jeez...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

abstracted question says:

The same thing is happening to me that you can see in my group San Francisco Zoo here:
www.flickr.com/groups/sanfranciscozoo/

It shows a pic from me wtih a airplane which I did not take and is also in my thumbnail pic

The pic should actually look like this
www.flickr.com/photos/tiger_empress/392542301/
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
abstracted question edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

mynameismonkey says:

me three, dozens and dozens of pictures affected
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

funny shop says:

yeah ive got bout 2 per page of not my thumbnails.. this is sad shit from such a good site.. hope they sort it before i lose my marbles..
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

efficient expansion says:

count me in. its very annoying
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Peter Casier says:

AT FIRST looked my flickr badges were still running ok, and the http: links to pictures in my sets i made to my website were still show ok. (i have about 400 of them into my eBook)
even though when logging onto flickr, i obviously viewed loads of loose links where I saw pics of others.

I said AT FIRST, as clearly also the HTTP: links are sometimes pointing to the wrong pictures.. Where I should get a picture of an icebreaker on Antarctica, I get a picture from a flowerpot. A picture from a warscene in Congo now is some's dog. :-((((

And all of this after i upgraded from a free account (after discovering i could only have 3 sets and x upload quota on free accounts. Now have 400-500 pictures uploaded, and just after I paid, things started to go wrong.

I have seen other problems:
- the flickr upload thingie somethings hangs. or pictures which are confirmed to be uploaded are not (or at least do not show up in my sets)
- pictures uploaded into one set, also show up in another set (and there is no way i find out to remove a picture from a set, other than deleting it (which also deletes it from the correct set).
- Flickr.com (not the file server for the http links), was down for a FULL HALF day this week, so I could not work on my eBook anymore..

Pfft. should have stuck to my old service providers...
Anyways, if anyone wants to look at the eBook describing war stories of Africa and expeditions of Antarctica with flowerpots and pets instead of the correct pictures, you are welcome to!

Peter
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

jcowboy says:

One of my photos was invited to a group ( www.flickr.com/photos/jcowboy/272594726/ ) , so I went to it and found some strange bicycle photo instaed of my egret! However, when I clicked on the AllSizes button I could find my image. What's happening???

Also the view counter seems off. Iwas at 74,900 views when I posted my most recent photo. That photo shows 42 views, but the view count is only 74,911 now.

I've found a lot more strange photos instead of my photos!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
jcowboy edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

Heilige says:

Same here...:(
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

francescabrown says:

me too. when I deleted one, then more foreign pics showed up.
no porn yet.
f
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

danieljweiss says:

This must be a hack -- so many of the pix are porn/weird.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Dan Stuller says:

Me Too!!
In some cases someone elses picture is there - but if you click on it, the right one (mine) comes up
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
Dan Stuller edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

Melville B. says:

I've got exactly the same problem with 2 of my pics (I've got a godzilla pic instead of a white camel !). Obviously no one has the solution yet ...
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Crowded_House says:

Me too
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

bse303 says:

So Flickr needs to be NIPSA'd then... or is this the "new "may offend" system" in action?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Ivy R says:

The porn is there - I'm not a prude - but my family all over the country looks at this - and many of the thumbnails replaced are that of my daughter - which is extremely upsetting. The flickr abuse email will only generate a robot email asking that we only report it once or the magic donkey will be upset.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

earthy bead says:

I've got substitions in every single one of my sets - over 25 sets!!!! What is happening???????


FIX IT!!!!!!!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

assorted insect says:

me too
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

spiffy fairies says:

Yep I just discovered this problem too, It's gotta be a hack, cause it's nudity.

Copied url to each set and sent it to help, We shall see
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

quickest whistle says:

Thank god I am not the only one.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

damaging calendar says:

Why doesn't Flickr let it's customers know what's going on.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Muslima2006 says:

I have the same problem, also my icon is changed.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
Muslima2006 edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

FillyjonkKnitter says:

Me too! Dammit!

And I paid for the "extended" Flickr!

If this is someone hacking the system, I hope they hunt them down!

I have lots of people - including children - looking at my photos and I don't want anyone exposed to things that will offend them.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

brumanch says:

Flicker is going to have to go through a lot of people's photos to fix this one up. Fix my gallery.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Peter576. says:

Same creepy problems here...
Should we worry about our pics or something?
Guess we'd all appreciate a statement.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

scott*eric says:

Haha, apparently there are squirrels in the system!
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

dingobear says:

I'm having the same problem, too. What's going on??
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

MatthewStott says:

man this is so odd. who uploads this anyways?
farm1.static.flickr.com/40/97826657_df6759623c_m.jpg

*wrong link earlier lol
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )
MatthewStott edited this topic ages ago.

view photos

BillyPee says:

Me three.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Jackie Kever says:

Yes, I just discovered this problem too.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

ractelbeast says:

me too
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

Phoenix from the Ashes 77 says:

Strange.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

margaret mendel says:

Yiks, such a creepy feeling. What's going on? This thing has affected hundreds of photos.
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

rchoephoto says:

I have just noticed that I have a same problem. Some of the thumbnail photos are pornographic as well. I sincerely hope that Flickr System will fix the problem. I also sent a message to Flickr as well.
R
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

view photos

spferreira says:

Yep, photo of Superman where an image of my grandparents should be. Help! Are my photos still in Flickr?
Posted ages ago. ( permalink )

This thread has been closed by Flickr Staff.

← prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
(1 to 100 of 923 replies in [locked] Phantom Photos -- My photos have been replaced with those of another)
Subscribe to a feed of stuff on this page... Feed – Subscribe to help discussion threads