Alphabet to shut down social media network Google

A bug in Google+ exposed the data of hundreds of thousands. Google covered it

A bug in Google+ exposed the data of hundreds of thousands. Google covered it

A bug in their Google+ People APIs, which potentially exposed the data of over 500.000 users and was promptly patched in March 2018. The Wall Street Journal's Douglas MacMillan and Robert McMillan report that Google was anxious about public perception and regulatory scrutiny, and that Google wanted to avoid comparisons with Facebook, which at the time was dealing with its own data privacy scandal.

However, Google says that there is no evidence that any third-party developers were aware of the bug or abused it. To make sure something like this Google+ leak doesn't happen again, this new initiative is set out to protect user's privacy and limit the amount of data developers have access to across the web and Android.

The company Google+ was launched in the year 2011, quickly became a household name, but failed to compete Facebook.

While Google has faced scrutiny in recent months for allowing third-party apps to access and share data from Gmail accounts, much of the privacy uproar hitting the tech industry has focused on Facebook. Google is finally killing its bad social network Google+. Mr. Smith, however, announced that Google will not be shut down immediately.

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Google also said it would begin restricting the data it provides to outside developers. But those apps look downright buoyant compared with Google's own confessed numbers for Google+. Why did Google hide the security vulnerability? .

But the company said it reviewed the issue and looked at the type of data involved, if it could correctly identify the users affected to inform them, if there was any evidence of misuse, and if there was any action a user or developer could take.

"Only apps directly enhancing email functionality - such as email clients, email backup services and productivity services (e.g., CRM and mail merge services) - will be authorised to access this data", Smith added. According to Google, 90% of Google+ user sessions were less than 5 seconds, which is strikingly low compared to other social networks.

Google also announced in the post that it will shut down the consumer version of Google+ by August 2019, citing "the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations". The company plans to keep Google+ up and running as an enterprise communications tool.

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