Archive.is (Which I use) and other similar websites are very useful in this day and age for several reasons:
- They serve as digital archives of online content even after they have been deleted. I imagine I don’t have to explain how useful something like this is to anyone. Since the invention of these archiving sites, websites (and Internet users in general) can no longer publish stupid stuff and then delete it after getting called out for it. All it takes is for one person to archive the page and it stays on the Internet forever. Its kind of impossible to delete a post or article and then deny writing it, when an archived proof of it exists.
2. It enables us to read bullshit articles without giving ad revenue to their writers. Before sharing a Buzzfeed or Salon article about how white people are the cause of all the world’s problems, be sure to archive. Archived pages do not display any ads from the original page. Which means that regardless of how many people read it, the writer earns a total of $0 from ad revenue. This is also helpful when trying to read a website which requires you to pay a subscription fee or turn off adblock before reading its content. Just archive the page and read the archived version.
Vice news might not be a fan of the fact that Internet users have the power to do any of these things, so they are taking action to ensure that they no longer can. It is now virtually impossible to archive Vice.com articles. Trying to archive any vice articles on archive.is gets you a “page not found” error message. You get a similar message when you attempt to archive any of their articles with Wayback machine or with megalodon (A web archive that archives pages in Japanese).
Consequentially, Vice can now publish articles and then delete them from the Internet forever. If any of their articles gets discredited, they can simply delete it and then pretend it never existed. You can also no longer read Vice articles ad-free (Unless you’re using adblock).
This screenshot is being floated around online, but I am skeptical about whether its genuine or not, so take it with a grain of salt:
The Internet fights back
(Thanks to a now-deleted 4chan thread for these workarounds)
There are two workarounds to this. The first method is to get a Google cached version of the vice page, and then use archive.is to archive it.
Step 1: Go to cachedview.com
Step 2: Paste the link of the Vice article you want to archive and click on “Google web cache”.
Step 3: Copy the URL of the resulting webpage and archive it on archive.is The page should archive correctly this time.
The problem with the above method is that it does not archive images in the article.
Step 1: Visit unvis.it
Step 2: Enter the URL of the vice article you want to archive and hit the enter button. Unvis.it will give you a saved copy of the web page.
Step 3: Copy and paste the URL of the saved page and archive it on achive.is ……..Voila.
Nice try, Vice.
Update: It seems like archive.is has found a way around this and is now able to archive Vice articles. We’ll keep updating this article as more information reaches us.