Google+ to be killed after bug exposed up to 500,000 accounts

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Google's failed attempt at a social media platform, Google+, will soon be coming to an end.

Monday in its blog post justifying the decision to close the consumer version of Google+, the company said, "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".

Interestingly, the company released a statement on its personal blog page that it's terminating Google+ services, moments after a Wall Street Journal report exposed the breach, which reportedly is set to have affected over 500,000 users on Google+.

Google will continue to operate Google+ as an enterprise product for companies. One of the findings that stemmed from Project Strobe was that the consumer version of Google+ was no longer worth maintaining. The breach happened after a software glitch in the site gave outside developers potential access to private profile data including names, email addresses, birth dates, genders, occupations and more.

The Wall Street Journal broke the news of the software bug, reporting that Google chose to not disclose the problem "because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage".

Google said Monday that it will phase out Google+ over the next ten months.

Yes. Google said it discovered and patched the API bug in March 2018.

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"The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds", Google admitted today.

Although the bug was discovered many months ago, Google didn't disclose it right away.

Smith said Google+ would wind down over the next ten months, during which time users will be able to download or migrate their data, and the site would be permanently retired in August 2019. The company did not check up with any of the developers of the aforementioned 438 apps.

Apps will be required to inform users what data they will have access to. It analyzed third-party developers' access to Google account and Android device data to measure whether permissions were overly broad.

Saikali said it was possible that Google could face class action lawsuits over its decision not to disclose the breach.

Allegations of the improper use of data for 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, has hurt the shares of the world's biggest social network and prompted multiple official investigations in the United States and Europe.

What's probably more interesting to most users is that the advertising giant opted to not disclose the issue.