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Google shuts down Google+ 4 months in advance

Dec 11th 2018 / Social Media

After the second data leak, Google announced they are going to shut down the consumer version of Google+ in April next year. 

Just a few months ago Google announced the shut down of their social media Google+ after the revealed information of major data leak, where the developers have had free access to user's personal information for about 3 years. Originally, the social media was scheduled to shut down its consumer version in August 2019, but due to this second major leak it's now set to terminate usability in April 2019 - whole 4 months in advance. 

The new data leak has impacted 52.5 million users.

They could have had profile information such as e-mail, occupation, name, and age exposed to developers for 6 days, even if their accounts were set to private. Some apps could also access profile data, which was not shared publicly. The user's data were accessible from 7th November to 13 November, and it was discovered by Google themselves. 

“With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days,”

reads the blog post, penned by David Thacker, Google’s vice president of project management. “In addition, we have also decided to accelerate the sunsetting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019. While we recognize there are implications for developers, we want to ensure the protection of our users.” 

In spite of its promising concept, unfortunately, Google+ was not able to grab the Internet's users' attention. The service will be available for companies that subscribe to its G Suite service, despite the shutdown.