Google+ to be axed following security lapse
- Google has abruptly decided to shut down the consumer version of its social networking platform Google+ over the next 10 months.
- A faulty API from Google resulted in leaking personal data of lakhs of Google+ users. This bug allowed app developers to access the private data of Google+ users like name, email address, birth date, gender, profile photos, location, occupation and relationship status.
- This bug has reportedly existed since 2015 but Google learnt about it only in March this year. Google didn’t inform Google+ users about this since it wasn’t legally required. Google also claims that it did not find any user data being misused.
- To cover up this security lapse, Google claims that Google+ has “low usage and engagement”. It says that about 90 per cent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds, and therefore the social networking platform isn’t a feasible business model anymore.
- That said, the corporate version of Google+ will live on post August 2019. Google announced that new features will be rolled out for Google+ corporate edition in order to make it a “secure corporate social network”.