Google+ to Shut Down Ahead of Schedule After Second Data Leak

Google+ has never been a particularly popular social media platform. In fact, it became notorious for how badly it under performed. As a result of all of these factors, Google decided that it was time for their foray into the world of social media to come to an end. The initial date for the closure of Google+ was August 2019, but it seems like things are going to wrap up at Google+ a lot earlier than expected.

This is because of the fact that yet another data breach has occurred with Google+. The previous data breach resulted in a loss of trust for Google since it first came to their attention six whole months before they decided to reveal it to the public. This new data breach has left tens of millions of users vulnerable to cyber attacks.
"The bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API.", explained Google.
With all of this on the table, Google has decided to shut Google+ down in April 2019 instead of August, a full four months earlier than was initially expected. In addition to all of this, access to the application programming interface of Google+ will no longer be available in just three months.
"We will sunset all Google+ APIs in the next 90 days. Developers can expect to hear more from us on this topic in the coming days, and can stay informed by continuing to check the Google+ developer page." announced David Thacker, VP Product Management at G Suite, in a blog post. Adding further, "We have also decided to accelerate sunsetting consumer Google+, bringing it forward from August 2019 to April 2019.  We want to give users ample opportunity to transition off of consumer Google+, and over the coming months, we will continue to provide users with additional information, including ways they can safely and securely download and migrate their data."
The even earlier shut down of Google+’s API stems from the fact that the data breach makes it easy for developers to access private data that users would consider to be safe and sound. The breach only lasted a few days this time around, but it still showed that Google+ simply wasn’t fit for the market, and that it needed to be taken down in order to preserve the safety of its users. Google has come under fire for not taking user privacy seriously enough. The shutting down of Google+ might just be a step in the right direction for them.
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