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


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.