The Google decided to close Google+. It was a social network launched in 2011, which few people used. The announcement was made today, exactly the same day the Wall Street Journal published a story about a bug in the service. This bug allowed external developers to access private user data.
The estimate is that they have accessed data of 500 thousand users. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google was informed of this in March this year, corrected the problem and did not inform anyone, possibly for fear of a reaction from regulatory authorities, especially in Europe.See More: You can push the play: Apple Music reaches the mark of 40 million subscribers
A total of 438 external developers had access to the data from March 2015 to March 2018. They were profiles of more than 500,000 Google+ users. The developers would have had access to full names, email addresses, gender, profile photos, job status, location, and date of birth. “We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug or abused the API, and we found no evidence that any data from the Profile was misused,” Google said in a statement issued after the Wall Street Journal published its story . This post has confirmed that Google+ is being disabled.
The post says that “the consumer version of Google+ currently has little use and engagement: 90% of user sessions last less than five seconds.”