Why Google+ Is Shutting DownOctober 25th 2018 Sally Ormond Google
Google+ is shutting down.
From its launch, its performance has been disappointing, but that’s not what prompted the decision to close its doors.
The reason behind that it a security breach.
According to searchenginejournal.com:
During a security audit, Google discovered the following:
A bug in one of the Google+ People APIs meant that apps also had access to Profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public.
Data is limited to static, optional Google+ Profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age.
The data breach does not include any other data a user may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service.
The bug was discovered and immediately patched in March 2018.
The profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected.
Google cannot confirm which users were specifically impacted by this bug.
There’s no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug or abusing the API.
There’s no evidence that any profile data was misused.
It’s unlikely that Google+ will be sorely missed. However, if you are a regular user, there will be more information forthcoming in the next few months to help you download and migrate your data.