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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Google+ Shutting Down After 500,000 Users' Data Is Exposed

Google is shutting down much of its social network, Google+, after user data was left exposed.
It said a bug in its software meant information that people believed was private had been accessible by third parties.Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company knew about the issue in March but did not disclose it. The WSJ quoted an internal Google memo that said doing so would draw "immediate regulatory interest".
In a statement, the firm said the issue was not serious enough 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."

Failed venture:
Google+ was launched in 2011, quickly becoming known as a failed attempt to compete with Facebook.
Now, after several years of speculation that it was going to be shut down, Google is bringing Google+ for consumers to an end.Google said it would continue to offer private Google+ powered networks for businesses currently using the software.

"It has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps," wrote Ben Smith, Google's vice president of engineering, in a blog post on Monday .

In the past, the company had been reluctant to share data on how often Google+ was used, but now, facing the fall out of exposed data, the firm 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." Shares in Google's parent company Alphabet fell by 1.23%.



DjLapel Shizu

Shut down very fast

Endy Edeson

@Shizu: Imagine this statistics "90% of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds"

That is very poor from for a Giant company like Google. This clearly shows that in business, one should concentrate on niche that is doing well or monitor areas that are lagging for prompt action

DjLapel Shizu

They are careless

Endy Edeson

Careless for allowing the data misuse and also people are not interested in Google+ .

As a blogger, I integrated Google+ to my blog, though it brings traffic to my blog but I don't spend time surfing Google+ the way I do on Facebook or Instagram. I just dump my blog links there for traffic

DjLapel Shizu

They exposed personal privacy Google +

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Oluwatoyin Obanla

Endy,everything Google means a whole lot to me that i fervently pray for them everyday that nothing should happen to them oooooo or any of their products. And only you Endy go understand wetin i mean,"Adsense tnz"

Endy Edeson

@Obanla; That's true bro. But Google+ isn't that important. Let them not touch blogger and other of their services. Many people's lives depend on Google products. Please send me your YouTube Channel link let me watch your videos

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