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Google announces plans to close Google

Google announces plans to close Google

The bug is said to have affected as many as 500,000 accounts, though the company says it found "no evidence" that any data was actually misused.

Meanwhile, Google said the flaw was an unexploited API bug discovered and fixed internally before anyone externally found it - and in any case, it's shuttering Google+ because netizens don't use it. Businesses will still be able to use the service as an internal chat channel, though.

Google addressed the breach in its post saying it "discovered and immediately patched" a bug in March 2018.

Google+ will be shutting down over a period of about 10 months, and will vanish by next August. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we made a decision to sunset the consumer version of Google+", Google said in the blog announcement.

Parent company Alphabet Inc responded by announcing it would shut down Google+, a largely defunct social network launched in 2011 to compete with Facebook.

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" The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations", the company said.

The Journal reporters wrote that they reviewed a memo prepared by Google lawyers and policy experts who had warned that disclosing the glitch would cause "immediate regulatory interest" and "cause reputational damage".

As many as 438 outside apps may have connected with the flawed software. Info that was not exposed includes email messages, Google+ timeline posts, direct messages with other users, phone numbers and "any other type of communication data". It's also limiting said apps' ability to access private data outside of specific use cases. Specifically, third-party applications linked to G+ accounts "had access to Profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public".

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 admits that Google+ has failed to achieve broad consumer or developer adoption since its introduction. By doing this, it hopes to make users of Google's apps confident that their data is secure.