And the fallout continues. The popular file hosting and sharing website Mediafire, which is one of the best file hosting sites on the Internet thanks to the straightforward system it uses, has started to block direct incoming links from the popular file indexing and search service FilesTube.
When you look at how Mediafire handles download pages on their site, you will notice that they have attributes assigned to them that asks search engines not to index those pages at all. While that does not work 100% of the time, which you can verify by searching on a search engine like Google or Bing for site:mediafire.com term, it is working for the majority of files hosted on the site.
Mediafire's issue here is that these attributes can be ignored quite easily, so that the files hosted by the service are indexed. While you won't find companies like Google or Bing doing this, third party services such as FilesTube do. I can't really say how Filestube indexes contents, if it is only user submitted, or if the site sends outs its own bots that is crawling the Internet for new links.
As a consequence, Mediafire is blocking all incoming direct download requests from FilesTube as of now. FilesTube users who click on a Mediafire link receive the following message instead of the download:
File Blocked for Violation
The file you requested has been blocked for a violation of our Terms of Service.
If you believe you have reached this page in error, please contact support.
Users who copy the link directly on the other hand and paste it into a browser tab can download the file from MediaFire just like they could before.
The only workaround for now, is to copy the link and paste it manually into the web browser or a third party download program like JDownloader.
The main motivation to block direct links from FilesTube seems to go beyond "not-honoring" the indexing attributes of the file hosting site. The indexer first and foremost maintains a large list of files that are hosted on Mediafire, which could draw unwanted attention to Mediafire. The second reason is the way FilesTube embeds those download requests in their own the site, which reduces Mediafire's advertising revenue as a consequence. (via TorrentFreak)