California: Google has announced a looming shut down of the social networking platform Google Plus service from 2nd April 2019, mostly due to the social media service deteriorating to bring a major volume of traffic as compared to Twitter and Facebook.
At the start, the services were about to shut down in August 2019 but later the security susceptibility that pretentious 52.5 million users, forced the company’s hand.
The bug reportedly gave third-party app designers access to the personal information of Google Plus users’ profiles without needing their consent and the company, reportedly, hid the bug to avoid scrutiny from financial regulators, The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.
As early as February 4th, users will no longer be able to create new Google Plus profiles, pages, communities or events. Google Plus while not being famous became a site for niche communities in the end.
After the closure of the service, its users will lose a meeting space.
But, Google product management Vice President David Thacker wrote about the software bug that “No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way.”
Google’s detection of the flaw came at the same time as rival Facebook faced widespread public backlash over its disclosure that Cambridge Analytical had received personal information about millions of users without their knowledge or consent.