Posted on 2018-10-09 09:35:23
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Launched in 2011, Google+ was a failed attempt to compete with Facebook and very less amount of people was attracted as the features were not that user-friendly. Despite all that, there was a bug which exposed user data and is the main reason for Google+ shutdown. Reportedly the bug discloses all the user information which people believed was private through Third-Party software.
According to Google, 500,000 users are affected. Wall Street Journal has reported that the company knew about the bug in March but feared the repercussion of disclosing to public.
On the other hand, Google said that the issue was not that serious to inform the public. "Our Privacy and Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response.
"None of these thresholds were met here."
People have been speculating Google+ shut down for a long time and finally, Google is bringing Google+ for consumers to an end.
The company was hesitant to share the statistics on how often Google+ has been used but after the data expose fall out, Google appears keen to play down its importance.
"The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90% of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds."