Google is Shutting Down Google+

Google is Shutting Down Google+

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After Google’s discovered a massive security vulnerability that compromised 500,000 users’ private information.

Google announced on Monday that they would shut down their social media platform after discovering a major vulnerability in March.  The vulnerability was not announced in March when it was found, because Google did not find evidence that anyone had accessed personal information.

Its original purpose was to compete with Facebook by linking a social media site to Google’s other platforms such as YouTube, and their search engine.  However, the site never caught on with users. In a blog post, the company said that 90% of users have 5 second long sessions.

When the vulnerability was discovered Google engineers concluded that Google+ was not worth the time and money it would take to patch it.  The company plans to get rid of the consumer version of Google+ in August 2019.

The corporate version of Google+ will still exist for corporate customers.


Story via The New York Times

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