Google+ to shut down after security bug

Laverne Mann
October 11, 2018

The reason, as reported by WSJ, is that it wasn't reported "because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage".

According to the company, profile information like name, email address and age from some users was available to apps, even if users had not marked it public.

However, Google says that there is no evidence that any third-party developers were aware of the bug or abused it.

Launched in 2011 after the fall of Google Buzz (Google's 3rd attempt to create a social network), Google+ was the company's last attempt at competing with Facebook... and obviously, it didn't work. The Alphabet-owned company also said Monday it would curtail developer access to user data on Android phones and Gmail. The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: "90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".

Tech giant Google is shutting down its social networking site Google Plus after a technical glitch was found to have compromised accounts and personal information of over 500,000 of its users.

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The incident also marks the beginning of the end for Google+, which the company plans to shut down over the next year.

Google has denied the newspaper's accusations, saying it determined its course of action based on the data involved in the breach, lack of evidence of data misuse and the challenge of determining precisely how many and which users were affected. "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".

Following news of the exposure this week, Google issued a statement claiming they did not notify the public because there was no "evidence of misuse". Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly is expected to take the hot seat in another congressional hearing after the U.S. midterm elections in November.

However, if 10 months is too long a wait, here's all you need to know about how to check whether you have a Google Plus account and how to delete it now. Users' private messages were not affected, according to the company. A spokeswoman for Google didn't immediately return a request for further comment.

Google said it found the bug as part of an internal review called Project Strobe, an audit started earlier this year that examines access to user data from Google accounts by third-party software developers.

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