The Internet Archive plans to preserve public Google+ posts before they become extinct

In less than a month, Google will close the curtains on its flopped social network – the Google+ (Google Plus). However, before that happens, the Internet Archive and the ArchiveTeam plans to preserve the public posts on the platform before they vanish – forever.

In a detailed post published on Reddit, the Archive sites announced that they have started the preservation work by using scripts to capture and back up the data present on Google+. The team also mentioned that there is no way they would be able to preserve data that has been deleted previously or marked as private – and thus all their efforts lie in working on the publicly available content (mostly images, videos and text posts).

The team responsible for the archive process also pointed out that users who don’t want their content to be archived should delete their accounts or request removal of specific content by visiting their page here.

According to the Reddit post, comment threads have a limit of 500 comments and they might not be able to capture the long discussion threads. Additionally, the team claims that images and videos won’t be preserved to their full resolution.

Google announced closing the services of Google+ last October after a major data breach exposed vulnerable data of over 500,000 users. During that time, Google had announced closing its operations in August 2019. However, a second data leak followed leading Google to move up its timeline to April while it also closed the user’s ability to create new profiles from February.

The two archiving teams claim their mission to preserve content from Google+ will enable users to look at it in the future and aims to create the same process for other websites before they vanish as well.

Internet Archive is planning to preserve public Google+ posts
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