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Google+ to shut down after security bug

11 October, 2018, 03:06 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it

In the post, Google announced it was closing down the service after the Wall Street Journal revealed the company had known about the bug, which affected all Google+ users, since March this year.

Google ran an analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug which showed the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected.

Google+ was heavily promoted after its 2011 launch, in the hope of overtaking Facebook in the early days of social media.

In addition to "sunsetting consumer Google+", the company is making changes to APIs on its other services, which will limit the amount of access developers get to data on Android and Gmail. The search giant states that it wasn't able to maintain "a successful Google+ product that meets consumers' expectations".

The company will wind down Google+ over 10 months, targeting an August 2019 shutdown.

Google's own social network, Google+, will shut down after a vulnerability exposed the personal information of over 500,000 users, according to CNET. Google executives were concerned about appearances, particularly as Facebook is under fire after an analytics firm allegedly misused the data of tens of millions of users.

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Once you're in your Google Plus account, go to settings and scroll to the very bottom of the tab and select on the "Delete your Google+ Profile" link.

Because of all of this, Google announced that it would be shutting down Google+ for consumers.

Farewell Google+! You will be missed.

"The bug meant that apps also had access to Profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public", Google's vice-president of engineering, Ben Smith wrote. "By giving developers more explicit rules of the road, and helping users control your data, we can ensure that we keep doing just that", reads the blog. Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly is expected to take the hot seat in another congressional hearing after the United States midterm elections in November. The bug has reportedly existed since 2015, and Google does not know if the information has been used.

The bug, discovered in March during an internal company review, could have allowed outside software developers - or people posing as outside developers - to learn the names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages of Google+ users.

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