Google to close Google+ social networking site

Google to close Google+ social networking site

Google to close Google+ social networking site

It did not include information from Google+ posts.

Google's excuse is that it found no evidence of any of the data being misused, however, it also has no way of being sure of that.

In the wake of the report, Google has seemingly decided that the platform's time is up and will be shutting down consumer access to the social network.

A Google spokesperson cited "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers" expectations" along with "very low usage' as the reasons for the move. Up to 496,951 users could have been affected, and up to 438 apps could have accessed the data.

Google also announced that, "we can not confirm which users were impacted by this bug". Data security experts now estimate 500,000 users had their profile data exposed.

The API flaw allowed third-party app developers to access profile and contact information that chose to sign into the apps via Google.

Google can not confirm which users were specifically impacted by this bug.

Android data access is being restricted to app developers. Google also says that it's limiting apps' ability to get your Call Log and SMS permissions on Android devices, allowing only an app that you've selected as your default calling and texting app to make these requests.

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When people found out about it, it made a decision to shut down Google+ in a knee-jerk reaction.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the bug in the Google+ API existed between 2015 and March 2018, which was when Google discovered and fixed the bug.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives opted against notifying users earlier because of concerns it would catch the attention of regulators and draw comparisons to a data privacy scandal at Facebook.

Google, however, claims that there is "no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API" and that is has "found no evidence that any Profile data was misused".

"We believe it occurred after launch as a result of the API's interaction with a subsequent Google+ code change", Smith said.

But it's not doing so exclusively out of concern for users' privacy: Smith admitted the network is not a success, saying "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".

"Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues".

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